Well, I had assumed SF would get more than a few second round picks for Smith, if only because this years crop of QB’s is so shallow that they could command more than he might otherwise be worth. But good on SF to re-coup some of the lost value from their selection of Alex Smith 7 years ago.
Aside from that trade, this draft is turning into one big murky pool. Its not that its shallow per-say (except at the QB position of course) but that it’s all shades of gray. Some things of interest looking across this years group of rookies.
- The more things change, the more they stay the same. Almost any mock draft you could find on the internet has 3 of the top 5 picks playing on the line of scrimmage. Mine has the first four players off the board as lineman, and 11 of the top 20. In 2012 the fourth lineman didn’t come off the board until pick 14, and only 7 lineman went in the top 20. Similar number in 2011 when the fourth lineman didn’t go until pick13 and only 9 of the first 20. The more and more the game evolves into a finesse passing league, the more it reverts back to old-school philosophies. The team that controls the line of scrimmage will win more than it loses.