NFL Draft: What Would Have Happened If the 49ers Drafted Aaron Rodgers in 2005

February 16, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With the first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Alex Smith. Smith has been the subject of criticism, having failed to take the 49ers to the playoffs or a winning season in his first six years.
To Smith's credit, he was originally surrounded by few weapons, a porous offensive line and has had a new offense virtually every year. There has been no shortage of adversity in Smith's career, but he has shown little resistance against the challenges that have been presented to him.
With the quarterback position comes a tremendous amount of pressure. When a quarterback fails, he is the target of blame and finger pointing. Conversely, no other position gets wins tied to their worth as an athlete.
Nobody ever pointed at Steven Jackson as the reason the Rams were losing, did they?
Aaron Rodgers is coming off of a Super Bowl win in which he obtained MVP honors. If 49ers fans didn't think Rodgers was the better option in the 2005 draft, they probably d...

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