Originally posted by HomerJ:
so are pre-season stats meaningless or not? they seem to only carry weight when used to discredit Smith.. CK, not so much, its just preseason, right? And I could be wrong but i believe Anthony Dixon (or coffee or thomas Clayton or Nate Davis) led the pre-season in rushing or passing one season... so it is what it is..
As far as CK being traded up for, he was the 6th QB taken... 6TH! QBs were flying off the board, and we had zero depth at the position. I'd say that pick was a draft for need and nothing more.
Dude no ones discrediting Alex Smith, the point is preseason stats have no bearing on regular season performance.
And as for your speculation that we traded up to fill a need in some sort of panicked frenzy:
A)doesn't sound like a trent baalke move at all, seeing as he's a guy known for not panicking or going above his slot for any player
B)it doesn't matter how many QBs were taken before Kaepernick, all that matters is where he was on Harbaughs board. You'll recall, or not, that Harbaugh had david Carr ranked as a 6th rounder the year he went number 1 overall. He also had Tony romo and David Garrard as 2nd rounders the same year...my point is he's his own guy and he'll have a unique board for QBs so you can't use how many QBs went before him as some sort of proof CK wasn't actually thought of highly by our team.
the proofs in the pudding, we traded UP for him. We gave up precious draft resources for him. And were comfortable with him ALL year as the number 2 on a Super Bowl contender despite the fact that other veterans were available on the cheap and our QB was taking a pounding.