Nathaniel Peters-Kroll

Gold New World: 5 Bold 49ers Predictions

Created on Sept. 03, 2013 2:08 PM EST

1. Kaepernick For MVP

Well, Ron Jaworski already beat me to it with his statement ... but, like Jaws, I believe Kaepernick's skill set might be the first of its kind seen in the NFL. Not even factoring in his record-breaking running ability, the third-year signal caller was the best offensive player in camp for the Niners. Displaying improved touch and chemistry with Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin, Kaep’s ceiling this season may be slightly capped by the lack of Michael Crabtree, the 49ers’ stout defense, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s dedication to the run.

Why is he a threat to win NFL MVP in 2013? Things can change quickly in the NFL. When nearly every game is as important as the next, teams need to adjust quickly or will get left behind. I’m not saying the Niners' defense will take a couple giant steps back, however, Kaepernick doesn’t need to put up video-game numbers to capture an MVP. Robert Griffin III had an outstanding completion percentage, a nearly perfect touchdown-to-interception ratio — and of course, his rushing prowess.

Who’s to say Colin Kaepernick can’t reach and possibly surpass those numbers? Barring Adrian Peterson pushing for 2,500 yards and hauling the Vikings to the playoffs again, San Fran’s QB will put himself in the MVP conversation in 2013.

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