Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
Alex Smith was taken #1 over in 2005. Jim Harbaugh was hired in 2011 and helped Smith to his best season, where they were one game away from the Super Bowl last year (or one fumble).
The 49ers traded up to draft Kaepernick, who was raw but had intangibles, in the 2011 draft. Harbaugh spent more than a year working with him and decided to make the switch mid-season. He's definitely been the difference between 2011 and 2012.
The bottom line is that teams miss on QB's all the time. Teams missed on Kaepernick, Dalton, Wilson, and maybe even Cousins and Foles. And while I hope that the Chiefs don't pass on a QB with their #1 overall pick, I also know that it's not the end of world, as some are predicting.
1st. I'm so glad you came back. Place wasn't the same without you.
2nd. I hear exactly what you're saying and I know nobody's success is guaranteed. I just think that first pick should be on as close as a lock as possible when it's that high. I just don't think Geno is it. Haven't watched the others so much, however I'm inclined to trust Reid when it comes to quarterback.
3rd. Smith's concussion paved the way. If it weren't for that I doubt we'd ever hear kaepernick's number being called, especially since smith has been playing decent. I give him credit for them balls.