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Comparing Marcus Mariota and Colin Kaepernick's Combine Workouts

In this Monday edition of Niners Daily, we stack up this year's top dual-threat quarterback's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine against the San Francisco 49ers signal-caller's 2011 outing.

Each year during draft season, Colin Kaepernick's name frequently surfaces as analysts discuss how the best spread-offense quarterbacks will adjust to the pro game.

Last year, it was Texas A&M and future-Cleveland Browns signal-caller Johnny Manziel. This year, it is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

While Kaepernick was selected 36th overall by the 49ers in 2011, Mariota, who won the Heisman Trophy last fall, is expected to be taken in the top 10 of this year's draft.

Mariota wowed scouts on Saturday during his throwing session by showing good footwork in his three- and five-step drops, something that he did not do in college while taking snaps in shotgun formation. Kaepernick similarly stood out back in 2011, showcasing the stellar arm strength that has helped make him a star in the NFL.

To further dissect the two dual-threat quarterbacks, we've compiled their measureables during their respective trips to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Mariota narrowly beat Kaepernick in two of the three timed drills, but given that Kaepernick had 11 pounds on Mariota, the 49ers quarterback's speed was impressive.


Kaepernick, 6'4 5/8"

Mariota, 6'3 6/8"


Kaepernick, 233 lbs

Mariota, 222 lbs

Arm length:

Kaepernick, 33 1/2 inches

Mariota, 32 inches

Hand length:

Kaepernick, 9 1/8 inches

Mariota, 9 7/8 inches

40-yard dash:

Kaepernick, 4.53 seconds

Mariota, 4.52 seconds

Shuttle run:

Kaepernick, 4.18 seconds

Mariota, 4.11 seconds

3-cone drill:

Kaepernick, 6.85 seconds

Mariota, 6.87 seconds

Vertical jump:

Kaepernick, 32 1/2 inches

Mariota, 36 inches

Broad jump:

Kaepernick, 9'7"

Mariota, 10'1"

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