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By Dan Arkush

Colin Kaepernick's fantasy time will come.

But unless there's a major injury epidemic under center in San Francisco this season, the Niners' second-round draft pick will probably be spending the majority of his time carrying a clipboard on game day.

Is it possible new Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh might sink or swim this season with the Nevada product who many close observers believe has more pure athleticism than Tim Tebow?

Never say sever. With the new-look Niners, appearances have been very deceiving so far in the 2011 draft. Heading into the first day, it was widely believed they had their sights set squarely on Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert. But that turned out to be a major smokescreen.

Might they continue to operate out of the box and take an immediate flier on Kaepernick, whose body of work at Nevada has been already thoroughly dissected by the Niners' personnel heavyweights?

Maybe, but not likely.

All signs point toward the Niners either sticking with incumbent Alex Smith or handing the QB keys to a yet-to-be determined veteran newcomer via free agency or trade.

Kaepernick just isn't ready for the big show yet. He needs to put on some weight and take some time to adapt to the pro game under the steady hand of Harbaugh, who knows a thing or three about being a quarterback at the pro level.

But in long-range keeper leagues, you definitely must keep an eye of Kaepernick, whose fantasy potential is immense, if his numbers at Nevada mean anything.

Just this past season, Kaepernick passed for over 3,000 yards with 21 TD tosses and added just over 1,200 yards rushing and 20 TD runs for good measure.

With his running ability, he could offer an off-the-charts fantasy dimension eventually.

For now, though, Kaepernick figures to be handled with great care by his new head coach — like precious china.

The fantasy riches he is destined to deliver will come a few years down the road.

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