Gabbert serves as constant reminder for Kaepernick

Gabbert serves as constant reminder for Kaepernick
March 11, 2014, 3:15 pm
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The Jaguars selected Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall pick in 2011. The 49ers selected Colin Kaepernick 36th overall. (USATI)

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Colin Kaepernick was the No. 36 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Five quarterbacks were selected ahead of him. And that serves as motivation, he said twice last season when the 49ers prepared to face the Carolina Panthers in the regular season and playoffs.

Of course, Cam Newton was the No. 1 overall pick of the Panthers in 2011.

"It's something I definitely haven't forgot," Kaepernick said in October.

Now, Kaepernick will receive a daily reminder of his perceived draft snub.

The third quarterback selected that year, Blaine Gabbert, is now a member of the 49ers, pending a physical. Gabbert was acquired Tuesday for a sixth-round draft pick from the Jacksonville Jaguars. In a conference call, Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said there "could be a conditional draft pick next year" that's contingent on play time.

The 49ers passed on Gabbert to select Missouri teammate Aldon Smith at No. 7.

Newton, Jake Locker (No. 8, Tennessee) and Gabbert (No. 10), Christian Ponder (No. 12, Minnesota) and Andy Dalton (No. 35, Cincinnati) were the quarterbacks chosen ahead of Kaepernick.

On their original contracts, Gabbert was scheduled to earn $2.011 million this season, while Kaepernick is on the books for $1.073 million. Both are entering the final seasons of their contracts. Gabbert was expected to accept a pay cut from the 49ers.

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