Same Pick, Different Day: Aaron Rodgers Would Have Been The Same As Alex Smith

February 16, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In the 2005 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers made a "huge" mistake.
With the first selection in the draft, desperately needing a franchise quarterback to turn the franchise around, San Francisco drafted Alex Smith out of Utah.
Later that round, the Green Bay Packers used a first round pick on Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers, envisioning him as Brett Favre's eventual replacement.
The rest is history.
The only problem here is that in the days after Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory, the internet flooded with articles about how the 49ers made a franchise-crippling decision by drafting Alex Smith instead of Aaron Rodgers.
This is false.
Comparing the two in body build, Smith has a quarterback's stature, standing tall at 6'4 and 217 pounds. In Rodgers case, the Packer is 6'2 and 220 pounds. While Smith has two inches of height on Rodgers, the two aren't built drastically different.
Both quarterbacks are athletic enough, making plays wit...

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