Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a San Francisco 49ers helmet against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers turned Alex Smith trade into five draft picks


When the San Francisco 49ers traded Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs last year, they received what would become two-second round draft picks in exchange. Not a bad haul for a solid, though relatively average quarterback whom they had little use for.

Of course, after San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke got his hands on those two picks, he ended up crafting them into five picks in total, this according to SI’s Peter King.

Surrendered
QB Alex Smith

Acquired*
DL Tank Carradine (second round, 2013)
LB Corey Lemonier (third round, 2013)
LB Chris Borland (third round, 2014)
RB Carlos Hyde (second round, 2014)
WR Stevie Johnson (acquired for 2015 fourth-rounder)

Of course, it’s not known how effective any of the above players will be for San Francisco but regardless, trading one player for what effectively became five sounds like a pretty solid deal.

Baalke wouldn’t gloat over the trades however, suggesting that he still has mixed emotions from moving Smith who he cited as a ‘good man, good teammate and good player’.

Tags: Alex Smith San Francisco 49ers

  • penlady

    I dont know if even 5 draft picks would make up for the loss of Alex Smith. Alex Smith’s trade out of the 49er team still means 2 lost Superbowls, and a team that is less integrated than when he led the team.

    Do not agree with the opinion of everyone that you have 5 wins for a traded average QB. Alex smith is no average qb and because of his loss, 49ers will not make it this year to NFC championship.

    • Samuel Small Sr.

      LOL. Penlady, you are not the only one who feels this way. We should be three in a row super bowl champs. For all of this talk of how great this team is, I have no faith in craperknick.

      • penlady

        Exactly Sam. It is so sorry that they decided when they did. For all the greatness of Vernon, Willis, and all other offensive linebackers, they always fall short. Kaep is not a smart QB and neither does he foster leadership This is the last year to win a championship or a SB since a lot of players will be reaching the end of the contract. when that happens, it will just be tougher. Does not mean we are not 49er fans. We just see reality as it is.