Yes, that's what Jack Harbaugh (the dad) told the media during a press conference Weds during a sit down. I'll take this as revisionist history, and won't start a breathless "who would you draft Cam or Kaepernick, and do you agree with Harbaugh" debate & poll. LOL. Nonetheless here's the exchange from the presser via the CBS article:
"After the first day of [the draft] was over, Jim called on his way home and he asked what I thought about the draft," Jack Harbaugh said. "We didn't have much to talk about as it relates to the draft, but he had not expressed to me who they were thinking about drafting at the quarterback position so I said, ‘Jim, tomorrow in the second round, surely you're going to draft a quarterback, but which one is it going to be?' and it was dead silent."
Jim Harbaugh trusts no one.
He said ‘are you talking to anybody?' and I said ‘I swear I'm not talking to anyone.' He said ‘we're drafting Colin Kaepernick. Do I not only think that he's the best quarterback in the draft, I think he's the best football player in the draft,'" Jack Harbaugh said.
Jim Harbaugh obviously wanted Kaepernick bad. The 49ers traded three picks to Denver -- their second, third and fifth round selections -- to move up nine spots in the second round where they took the former Nevada star with the 36th overall pick.
Now remember who was in that draft: Cam Newton, Von Miller, AJ Green, Julio Jones, JJ Watt, Patrick Peterson, and the 49ers 7th pick, Aldon Smith. Of course this begs the questions, as different media have expressed:
"So why didn't you draft him with the 7th pick and/or move up higher with the 36th/2nd round pick you selected him with Jim?
Yeah, let's just overlook that little tidbit. Nonetheless, You gotta love it! Harbaugh was the same guy telling Alex Smith last year, "you're the best QB in the league". And now he's saying, Kaepernick (who couldn't even start last year over career bust Smith) was the best player in the draft, and now Alex Smith is looking to leave town. Gotta Luv it indeed!
Here's the link: http://www.cbssports...-2011-nfl-draft
http://www.rantsport...-in-2011-draft/ Writer provided good perspective.