Originally posted by nickbradley:? Will Smith convince everyone he is the long-term solution?Originally posted by Tru2RedNGold25:Originally posted by nickbradley:Originally posted by DesiDez:Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
They say, sometimes the best moves are the ones you DON'T make. The smart move would be to sit tight, grab two impact players at #13 and #17 and continue to build this team into a SB contender. To gamble again on a 1st round QB that many experts aren't completely sold on would just be repeating the Alex Smith mistake. This team is not in rebuilding mode anymore where we have 2-3 years to wait for a rookie QB to possibly develop...we're in the hunt for a division title and playoff spot THIS YEAR. We're on the cusp of returning this franchise to prominence, and people are talking about gambling with a 1st round QB?
Over the last few years, teams like Chicago, Washington, Houston and KC have been able to make upgrades to their QB position by trading for proven veterans...we can do the same if we're willing to be shrewd about it.
Question is, how shrewd is our front office? Are they really willing to go down that high draft pick rookie QB path again, given how close this team is?
so what happens if Alex fails next year?
Take a QB in the deepest QB class since 1999...or 1983.
who are the top dog's for next year draft anyways?
Potential First Round Prospects:
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
Jake Locker, Washington
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State
Pat Devlin, Delaware
Nick Foles, Arizona
Some have called Andy Luck the best NFL QB prospect since Peyton Manning (and as smart and polished), and Mallett (6-7, 250 jeff george-caliber arm) may be a once-a-decade type prospect as well...and Jake Locker is no slouch (Neither is Devlin, and Pryor could light up the combine like we've never seen). We could see 5 or 6 QB go in the first round next year...maybe seven.
? Are all of those guys better than Clausen?
? Will the 49ers be drafting high enough to grab one?
? Will Frank Gore still be a productive back two years from now when the new rookie is an effective QB?
If the first question is not answered in the affirmative, then the second question means you will need a crystal ball and hope the answer to the third question is; "yes."