Will the trade of QB Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs be the gift that keeps on giving for the San Francisco 49ers?
Peter King of SI.com reported the following about the 2014 draft picks the 49ers could receive from the Chiefs should K.C. finish with a winning record this season:
Now it can be told: The second draft choice San Francisco will receive from the Smith deal will be K.C.’s second-rounder in 2014 if the Chiefs go 8-8 or better this season. It will be a third-rounder in 2014 if Kansas City is under .500 this season.
So: San Francisco will probably have first-, second- and four third-rounders next year. But if the Chiefs surprise, it’ll more likely be a one, two twos and three threes.
So, I guess in 2014 it will be let’s go Niners…and Chiefs!
Can you imagine San Francisco having all of those draft picks in the first three rounds? General manager Trent Baalke has shown he has skills when having a lot of draft picks and being able to find great value in the first three rounds. We all saw last week how Baalke is not afraid to trade up to select the player he wants (see Eric Reid). You can only trade up to get the players you want if you have plenty of draft picks to give up as compensation. This could set the 49ers up to be a winning team for years to come by restocking the roster.
The Chiefs have a relatively easy schedule and a new coaching regime so there is a chance the team could end the season with an 8-8 record. But it is hard to imagine K.C. finishing above .500, especially with Alex Smith at quarterback. Then again, the Chiefs play in the AFC West which will likely be one of the weakest divisions in the NFL in 2014.
Here’s to the Chiefs winning eight games next season!