Originally posted by tjd808185:
Originally posted by 49ersalldaway126:
Originally posted by Overkill:
I don't think we can pass on a top QB prospect (provided one even falls to us) just because Alex looks like an average-to-slightly-below-average NFL QB when running the spread.
We can take a QB with the first of our 1st round picks and still snag top prospects at two of the following three positions with our next two picks - RT, OG, & Pass Rusher. Add FA to that and we can absolutely afford to take a QB this year if you want to.
The question is whether or not you want to. This draft may offer much better value at other positions, but if the BPA is a QB than we'd be fools not to take him.
the stats show that he is a top 10 QB when running the spread i believe he is 7th
Misleading stats there. 2/3 of those numbers came when we trying to come back from behind from double digits.
Not to mention you are essentially cherry picking Alex's best plays and comparing it to entire season's worth of plays for the other QB's in this league. Hardly an apples to apples comparison imo.
Look, I'm not interested in being dragged into a debate on the semantics of how "good" or "average" Alex Smith is. The bottomline is that he has only shown potential when the entire offense caters to him. Teams like the Colts & Pats spread things out because they have future HOF QB's & WR's. We do it because Alex can't function if we don't. HUGE difference.
There are plenty of QB's out there that can produce in a spread offense. That isn't exactly a rare skill set. And its currently Alex's only skill set.
Maybe Alex grows into a more complete QB in the future, but right now he isn't one. And you have to draft based on where he's at right now. Not drafting a player at a position of need because you have a 5th year guy on the roster that "might" pull it all together next year is foolish imo.
I like Alex personally and I'm excited when he does well. But I am a 49er fan first and an Alex fan second. The team needs to do what's in its best interest, not what feels good.
As I said earlier, the only real question is whether you believe there is a potential franchise QB in this draft. If you do, and he's available, than you take him. If you don't like this year's crop, than you don't. Alex Smith shouldn't dictate your decision. At least not at this point.