Keep an eye on Kaepernick. The Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins have early picks in the second round and have all expressed interest in drafting a quarterback. The Bills aren't sure if Ryan Fitzpatrick is their long term answer, the Bengals situation with Carson Palmer is a mess and apparently it's all but over for McNabb in Washington so it would be make sense for any one of these teams to draft a passer.
Kaepernick grew up in Turlock, California, which is about 100 miles from the Bay Area. Fittingly the two Bay Area teams, the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, are both in need of a quarterback. The Raiders have especially shown interest in the hometown boy. It would come as no surprise if they traded up for an earlier second round pick in order to secure Kaepernick.
Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reported that the Dolphins seriously considered Kaepernick with their 15th pick before ultimately choosing offensive lineman Mike Pouncey. Currently they don't have a second round pick, but that doesn't mean they won't be able to move up if the right deal comes along.
All eyes will be watching to see where Dalton goes and Mallett for that matter, but don't count Kaepernick out. I expect him to be gone in the second round. He's a smart, fast, extremely focused, driven competitor and natural born leader. Trainer Chip Smith believes he could be the face of a franchise. The only question remains, which franchise will that be?