A future first round pick is not worth nearly as much as some people on this blog seem to think. Even the most cursory look at past trades involving such selections illustrates that fact. The trades made in 2007 that included such deals:
- San Francisco traded its first-round selection in 2008 and #110 to New England for #28.
- Cleveland traded its first-round selection in 2008 and #36 to Dallas for #22.
- Indianapolis traded its first-round selection in 2008 and #126 to San Francisco for #42.
Sure, the 49ers seem to have gotten a better deal than we did, but that's only because everyone and their mothers knew that they would fall flat and that the subsequent future pick would be extremely valuable. Check out what the Browns had to pay to work their way back into round one for Brady Quinn or what the Colts gave up to snag a falling Tony Ugoh! I'd go further back, but I don't think it's necessary because this proves the point sufficiently.
So, can we please dispense with the nonsensical meme that screams roberry at the thought of our trade for the pick that because Alphonso Smith? People need to take a step back and analyze the draft in full before flipping out simply because the team didn't take the guys they wanted or address the positions they thought we needed. We had our shots at a lot of those guys (Matthews, Maualuga, Brace, Gilbert, etc.) and we passed, so our management either didn't like them as prospects or believes our current options are superior. Give it time, people. More thoughts to come from me following the completion of the draft.