According to Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals owner Mike Brown wanted to draft Colin Kaepernick, but but back in 2010, new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden talked him into taking Andy Dalton.
In Round 1, the Bengals took A.J. Green, a can’t-miss wideout. They needed someone to throw him the ball. New offensive coordinator Jay Gruden argued for Andy Dalton, who had run an offense at TCU similar to what Gruden was bringing to the Bengals.
Brown wanted Kaepernick, tall and agile, out of Nevada. With the Bengals set to make their second-round pick, each remained on the board. “I like this guy,” Brown said of Kaepernick. “He has unusual mobility.” Brown noted that Kaepernick lacked accuracy, but believed that could be taught.
“I want Dalton,” Gruden said. “He fits what I want to do.”
“Are you sure?” Brown asked.
Gruden said he was.
Now that he rest is history since the Bengals took Dalton and Kaepernick fell to the 49ers.
It’s easy to look back and regret the decisions you make in life, but at the end of the day, no one knows what the future will hold.