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Rex wanted to draft Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs the

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs the ball against Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji #90 during an NFC divisional playoff game. (Jan. 12, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

Back in August, Rex Ryan predicted the Wildcat was here to stay.

With the threat of Tim Tebow in his back pocket, the Jets coach was confident he’d catch teams off guard with the formation.

“The Wildcat is tough to defend,” Ryan said in the days leading up to the Jets’ preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. “Are we going to do it? Of course, at same point we’re going to do it. Again, some people think the Wildcat has come and gone. No, it hasn’t. If anything, it’s just the opposite.

Then the Jets coach reflected back to the 2011 NFL draft when he saw a skinny kid named Colin Kaepernick. The former Nevada quarterback piqued Ryan’s interest because of his speed. And if given the chance, the coach admitted he would have snatched him up.

“I was really intrigued by him when he came out because I thought we were going to lose Brad (Smith),” Ryan said of Kaepernick, who ran a 4.53 40-yard dash. “(San Francisco) drafted him before we could, but I was interested in him. …When you have the ability to throw, as well as run, it makes it tough.”

And on Saturday night, the nation witnessed just how good Kaepernick is.

He ran for 181 yards -- a record for an NFL quarterback in a regular or postseason game – and scrambled for two scores, a 20 and a 56-yarder. He also completed 17 of 31 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. 

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