Originally posted by Imfasterthanur:
Are you like, some kind of fortuneteller?
I think most people had never heard of Aldon Smith up to that point. I knew that the guy was an absolute beast, who didn't dominate simply through his athleticism but a guy who had some great pass rush moves, was a hard worker, and had sky-high potential. I much preferred him over Quinn and basically anyone that the 49ers could have drafted besides Patrick Peterson, but once the Cardinals swiped him, I was totally on board 150% with Aldon Smith, getting a true pass-rusher was HUGE for this defense. I felt he could be a Clay Matthews type of player and he's exceeded even that.
Some draftnik's acted like it was a big reach but most people had him going from between Pick 5 to Pick 15 and I always had the feeling that the Texans would have taken Smith over JJ Watt had the 49ers picked someone else. The biggest criticism I remember from the media draftnik's was that the 49ers blew it since Blaine Gabbert was still on the board and how they had missed out on a franchise QB which in reality turned out to be a poor man's Alex Smith.
You also had a lot of people crying about the 49ers not taking more well-known prospects such as Cameron Jordan, Prince Amukamara, Quinn and Nick Fairley. Never did understand the obsession with Amukamara whose hype was completely over-blown, he was lumped into the same category as Peterson even though he was and still isn't nowhere near the same caliber of player.