The way I'm looking at it is probably different than most people are. Agree or not I believe it's a legitimate viewpoint.
Everybody knows the scenario, we traded a 2010 first round pick for the 37th pick in 2009. The way I'm looking at and the way I believe McD is looking at it is this. After the trade we essentially had 3 first rounders this year and 1 next year. I say 3 first rounders this year because McD is on record as saying they had Smith as their top DB and see him as first round talent. So they didn’t trade a first next year for a second this year, they basically drafted Smith as their third first round pick. This fundamentally changes the debate. It goes from "How could we trade a first rounder for a second rounder?" To "How could we draft Alphonso Smith with a first round pick?" If you look at it like that, the debate isn’t about the trade but whether or not Smith is a first round talent. We may not think so, McD does. Some experts love Smith others don't. Somebody will turn out to be right. If Smiths great…no harm done, if he bombs…waste of a first round pick.