The Cubs draft pick of the moment is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the "Hey, why not?" move they made in the 43rd round in 2009.

This one was all about projection. The Cubs had NFL sources telling them that Kaepernick might be a mid-to-late round pick, with a game that could translate better in the Canadian Football League, plus reports he threw around 90 mph in high school.

National crosschecker Sam Hughes had buddies in Reno helping tip him off about the University of Nevada quarterback, who had no interest in a summer job that could have paid him some $50,000 for throwing bullpen sessions in Mesa, Ariz.

As the Super Bowl hype reaches its saturation point next week, the Cubs will have their amateur scouts meeting in Chicago, working on their draft board and trying to figure which players can become cornerstone pieces to a championship team.

The diehard fans hanging out at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers for Cubs Convention over the weekend seemed patient enough, deferring to team president Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and their World Series rings. But they also wanted to know when they really think this rebuilding project is going to come together.

The Cubs are definitely on the clock.

The No. 2 overall pick in the June draft could be a franchise-altering decision. The names that will be discussed figure to include Indiana State University left-hander Sean Manaea, Stanford University right-hander Mark Appel and University of Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek, as well as two high school outfielders in Georgia, Austin Meadows and Clint Frazier.