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.
Teams didn't MISS on any of those guys, they PASSED.
Kaepernick was raw and the read option wasn't prevalent yet.
Wilson was too short.
Dalton was too mediocre.
And Cousins was too SUCK.