(All over/under win totals are from sportsbook.com)
2012 Record: 11-4-1. 2013 Over/Under: 11
- What is the offensive potential under Kaepernick for a full season? Including the playoffs, Colin Kaepernick has 10 career starts, and these are his numbers if you extrapolate his numbers over a full season: 3,850 yards passing with 22 touchdowns and 8 interceptions; 819 rushing yards with 8 touchdowns. The rushing may decrease as teams are more prepared for him, but with a full off-season as the starter, I think those numbers can increase to over 4,000 yards passing and closer to 30 TDs. Michael Crabtree had emerged as a true #1 target, so his Achilles injury is a major blow, but Kap's chemistry with Vernon Davis noticeably improved in the playoffs and was even better in training camp. I wasn't a fan of recent cast off A.J. Jenkins as a first round pick last year, but I am truly excited about rookie Quinton Patton eventually starting across from the newly acquired Anquan Boldin. A strong rushing attack with Frank Gore and one of the strongest offensive lines in league will still be the foundation of this offense, but the consistent threat of vertical passes down the field could take this offense to the next level.
- Will the defense be bothered by change? Free safety Dashon Goldson was too expensive to bring back in free agency, as was nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga and top reserve lineman Ricky Jean-Francious, but their deep draft class should soften the blow. I'm a big fan of first round pick Eric Reid, whom I had going to them in my first mock draft, stepping in for Goldson immediately, while Tank Carradine and Corey Lemonier are exciting prospects for the future of the front seven. In the mean time, Glen Dorsey was brought in as depth behind in house nose tackle replacement, Ian Williams. However, because they play in their nickel defense so often with a lead, the nose tackle only plays about 40% of the snaps while third cornerback Chris Culliver subs in. Thus, the addition of Nnamdi Asomugah is important as Cully is out for the year with a torn ACL, and Tramaine Brock and Perrish Cox may be pressed into service if the veteran is not up to the task.