The bombshell that dropped this weekend was the trade of the off-season, probably of the last five off-seasons, that involved former Eagles quarterback and now current Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb. What surprised me the most was not the relatively low-compensation the Redskins gave up for McNabb, a second-round pick (2010) and a third-round pick (2011), but that he was traded to a team within the same division. I will get to why that is significant and how it connects to Bradford, but I wonder how the 49er Faithful reacted when they heard what was given up for McNabb. The 49ers have the 13th and 17th picks in this year’s draft and could have given up one of those picks or even two of their later round picks this year and next year, problem is I don’t think McNabb is a right fit for the 49ers. The 49ers could use an upgrade at QB but any player you bring in will have not only a learning curve of the offense but would have to play behind an offensive line that was near the bottom rankings in the NFL last year. With current starter Alex Smith building confidence off of his play last year, is heading into his second season with the same offensive coordinator (a first in his career), has an improving passing attack with TE Vernon Davis and WR’s Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan, Smith will be successful this year and I think the coaching staff and front office believe in this as well. If the 49ers are able to upgrade the right tackle position with their first two picks Smith and the offense will shine even more next year. Hence the no run at the McNabb sweepstakes. Remember McNabb is getting older, has had his season end to injuries three times in his career, he holds onto the football too long (a no-no if you have a weak offensive line) and he is a free-agent at the end of the season. Just doesn’t make sense.
With former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford getting compared to the likes of Troy Aikman and Carson Palmer the 49ers visited him on his pro day and were impressed along with all the other NFL coaches and scouts in attendance. If the 49ers want a chance at landing Bradford they would have to trade up to the first pick and would have to trade at the very least their 13th and 17th picks and neither throw in a starting player or a second or third round pick in this year’s draft and next. With the Rams having the number one pick in this year’s draft and with their huge holes everywhere on the team they might be inclined to take offers for their first slot. It is very rare that teams ever trade within divisions especially when they involve the first pick of the draft and the potential of having that pick, maybe Bradford, haunt your team for years to come. With McNabb’s recent trade we have been shown that anything is possible in the NFL. Again, the same reasons for not taking McNabb apply to Bradford, the 49ers have something building with Smith. I think it would be crazy for the 49ers to make such a move but then again we have had the general manager fired a month before the draft and with a new de-facto GM Trent Baalke he just might make the type of splash that will garner attention no matter how unwise the move.
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