Mike Sando: My perception is that Smith needs to win a game at some point. Not just be on the winning team, but be the reason his team won.
Matt Williamson: I like Alex Smith and think he is the right guy for the job today, but he is physically limited, too. Of all the quarterbacks who have been first overall picks, he might have the worst physical skills. He is a good athlete who is very coordinated, but he is not a big, strapping guy who can throw deep out routes and throw across the field. That is OK because Josh Morgan, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree can all be short-to-intermediate targets with occasional deep stuff. And if they are running the ball, then all is well. Frank Gore looks great.
From Sando's blog.
I dont really agree. I dont think he had any business going #1 overall but he certainly doesnt have the "WORST" physical skills of any #1 over alls. Certainly more mobile than Manning, Leaf, etc. Better arm than Carr. I dont think he has a significantly worse arm than Eli Manning. I agree his throws on the deep outs and across the middle were not as good before but they seemed to have improved. And if Alex Smith is "physically limited" that what does that make Shaun Hill?
(Not trying to bash Hill, I'm just trying to figure out if this guy thinks everyone should be like Big Ben or...?)
Again, I dont think Smith should have been #1 overall but I just dont agree with this assesment competely.
49ers vs Green Bay - Notes from Sando's blog