Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers: Colin Kaepernick Named One of NFL's Top 100 Players

Colin Kaepernick has started only seven regular season games, but he is already considered one of the NFL’s top 100 players.

The NFL Network named Kaepernick No. 81 on their list of the the top 100 players of 2013, which ranks him 14th among all quarterbacks.

As we all probably know by now, he was thrust into the spotlight after Alex Smith’s injury, taking over a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

Under Kaepernick, those aspirations would come true. He set all kinds of records against Green Bay in the Divisional Round, picking their defense apart. Then, Kaepernick led the 49ers on a dramatic victory past Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game, and nearly did it again in the Super Bowl, coming up just short against Baltimore.

“Probably think the most talented player right now is Colin Kaepernick,” said Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels. “A few guys have special ability to do that, going back to Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham, now you’ve got Colin Kaepernick. His game is awesome.”

Kaepernick’s dynamic style of play was a far cry from the standard offense run by Smith, who would wind up in Kansas City via a trade in the offseason.

Bottom line: it is safe to say that Kaepernick will be on this list among the top players in the NFL for a long, long time.

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