Kansas City Chiefs Overpay: Alex Smith Trade Not Worth Two Second Rounders
The Kansas City Chiefs are the perfect destination for Alex Smith right now and vice versa. Matt Cassel manning the quarterback spot proved a clearly untenable situation and a perceived-to-be underwhelming draft class for passers stood head, so the Chiefs just needed a solid option who has proven to be relatively efficient when allowed to play conservatively.
This Chiefs squad has the young pieces in place to give Smith similar surroundings to the ones he had with the San Francisco 49ers with a young defense that when hitting its ceiling can put Smith in good situations most Sunday afternoons, and a run game that should keep Smith out of third-and-longs better than most.
However, whether Smith is worth two second rounders is another story. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reports that there is much, much more to the Alex Smith trade than just the 2013 34th overall pick.
“Now it can be told: The second draft choice San Francisco will receive from the Smith deal will be K.C.’s second-rounder in 2014 if the Chiefs go 8-8 or better this season,” wrote King. “It will be a third-rounder in 2014 if Kansas City is under .500 this season.”
It’s tough enough to give San Francisco a higher pick than the one they found Colin Kaepernick with — 36th overall in 2011 — just to get the man replaced by Kaepernick; now the Chiefs might be throwing in another selection not far behind. When disregarding the year of the pick, MockDraftable.com equates a 34th overall and the 51st overall — right around 8-8 territory — to a 17th overall selection, which I find hard to call anything other than a comical steal for San Fran.
There’s also the chance it could turn into a third rounder, but playing in the AFC West and starting Smith at quarterback just sounds like the perfect combo for an eight or nine win year and nothing more.
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