Mike Brown wanted Colin Kaepernick; Jay Gruden picked Andy Dalton

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July 28, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, right, talks with quarterback Andy Dalton (14)during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Brown told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he preferred Kaepernick at No. 35 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, whereas newly hired offensive coordinator Jay Gruden pushed hard for Dalton.

"“I like this guy,” Brown said of Kaepernick. “He has unusual mobility. We sit around and come to a conclusion. I don’t sit here and say we’re going to do it my way. It’s ultimately my call, but I never make any calls. It’s a consensus.”"

Gruden responded with, “I want Dalton. He fits what I want to do:, and ultimately, Gruden got “his guy” and the team went with Dalton.

Kaepernick and Dalton are also linked in age. The two QBs were born five days apart in 1987 with Dalton born on Oct. 29 and Kaepernick born on Nov. 3.

Both players are still in the youth of their NFL careers, but at least through the first thee years, it’s clear the Kaepernick has been the better player and will be the franchise QB of one of the 49ers.

As for Dalton, it remains to be seen as whether he can ever become that for the Bengals.

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