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.
QB Alex Smith
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’.