KCCD Editor: Elliot Dennis
So there you have it. Kansas City turned out to be the mystery team after all. It seemed inevitable once the 49ers were announcing they had a trade partner for Alex Smith that the Chiefs were their trade partner, but most just assumed it wouldn’t cost the Chiefs much. We were all wrong.
There was speculation that the pick the Chiefs would give up would be a 3rd or 4th round selection, but instead the Chiefs are reportedly giving up their 2nd round pick, the 34th pick in the draft. Not only that, but they are giving away a conditional 3rd pick in next year’s draft.
Read on to hear my analysis of the Smith trade.
The Chiefs appear set to move on with Alex Smith as quarterback of the future in Kansas City. That’s what doesn’t make any sense to me, if anything I thought Smith would be nothing but a stop-gap. But with how much the Chiefs gave up for him, QBoF seems to be the case. First it was DeBerg, then Montana, followed by Bono, then Grbac, and now it’s Alex Smith. Historically the Chiefs love 49er retread QBs. This organization needs to get caught up with the times, you don’t win with another team’s retreads, you win by drafting and developing your own guy.
The Chiefs haven’t won a game with a QB they drafted in 25 years. With Smith as quarterback of the future, it looks like that trend will continue. Instead of drafting a QB with upside like Geno Smith or Tyler Bray, the Chiefs will settle for a guy whose ceiling is 17 TDs and 5 INTs.
There are positives to this trade, however. Smith is considered a perfect fit for Andy Reid’s west coast offense. It utilizes the middle of the field with lots of crossing routes – Alex Smith’s biggest strength. Not only that, but he has the intangibles that you look for in a QB. The way he handled being benched behind Colin Kaepernick last year was very admirable.
Smith is a quality individual but is very limited physically; however, he is a better option than what the Chiefs have on the current roster so consider this an upgrade for now.
Tags: Alex Smith