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Alphonso Smith could be one and done in Denver

Josh McDaniels made a few questionable decisions during his desultory first draft as Broncos head coach, but none looks worse than the decision to trade a first-round pick for cornerback Alphonso Smith.

The draft class has time to turn it around, but Smith may not. One year later, Dave Krieger of the Denver Post writes that Smith may not even make the team

At this point, Smith appears to be battling rookie seventh-round pick Syd’Quan Thompson for the ninth and possibly final defensive back roster spot. Thompson is coming off a preseason performance that showed more promise than anything Smith has done as a pro.

Look, we understand bad picks happen.  But McDaniels traded a 2010 first-round pick to Seattle to take Smith No. 37 overall.  (The traded pick turned into the No. 14 selection; Seattle took Earl Thomas.)  If you are going to gamble that big on an undersized cornerback, you better be right. 

Smith’s possible release points out just how hard it is to judge college talent.  The Broncos took cornerbacks Perrish Cox and Thompson in the fifth and seventh-round respectively in 2010.  They both look like long-term keepers. 

Smith, essentially taken with a first-round pick, may be one and done.

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  1. Stone says: Aug 31, 2010 12:40 PM

    McDaniels is a joke and I can’t wait to watch the implosion when his ego finally has to pay for all the moves he’s been making. Have fun with Tebow, Denver.

  2. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Aug 31, 2010 12:40 PM

    just more bad picks from the bronco franchise since 99

  3. jimmySee says: Aug 31, 2010 12:41 PM

    Talent evaluators are the hidden superstars of the NFL. Very few can really do the job.

  4. robert ethen says: Aug 31, 2010 12:44 PM

    Yeah, looking like a horrible mistake. Everyone goes on about McDaniels’ career hinging on the drafting of Tebow, but I think he lives or dies on that first draft. Moreno, Ayers, Smith, McBath, and Richard Quinn, all taken in the first two rounds.

  5. SATAN567 says: Aug 31, 2010 12:46 PM

    I gave Alphonso the benefit of the doubt since its often times pretty difficult for a guy to make the No. 1 college CB jump to a nickel back in the NFL. Alphonso clearly struggled covering slot receivers without the help of the sideline, no safety help since he was playing underneath, and dealing with a LB corps that was naturally struggling with the change from the 4-3 to a 3-4. Not sure that Alphonso is being judged completely fairly as a result, but Syd-Quan and Perrish definitely have looked better, so it’s pretty tough to argue with the ultimate decision.

  6. lolcopter says: Aug 31, 2010 12:49 PM

    he’s not going anywhere. nate jones or renaldo hill be cut instead
    krieger is just playing the sports journalism game — ie: talk out your ass

  7. robert ethen says: Aug 31, 2010 12:50 PM

    Not only is Alf undersized, but he only has three fingers on each hand. His feet are huge and make running difficult. Some players get picked “out of left field”, but Alf seems to have been plucked from another universe.

  8. FLBoyInDallas says: Aug 31, 2010 12:50 PM

    Doesn’t matter…I’m not even a Denver fan but from what I’ve seen in the preseason McDaniels has this team playing at a high level, despite the haters. They will definitely win 9 or 10 games this season and I’m putting money down in Vegas on that. They look strong.

  9. snnyjcbs says: Aug 31, 2010 12:59 PM

    Maybe a person in the media with a pair would do an article on the Denver Draft since McDaniel’s has handled it.
    With trading away all their top tier talent and receiving a bunch of extra picks. And with what they have received in the Draft so far, no team in the NFL has mishandled the Draft like they have.

  10. magsdad1 says: Aug 31, 2010 1:03 PM

    There is no doubt that it was a bad pick.
    With that said, Smith was regarded in the draft as a low-first, high-second pick and a very promising CB. The knock on him was his size.
    His size has not been the overriding factor in his inability to play effectively. He simply has been a CB that:
    a. cannot cover receivers
    b. is not fast enough
    c. doesn’t like to tackle
    d. doesn’t seem to understand the schemes being used.
    He is simply a bust, something that Denver will get triple bashed for because people do not like McDaniels or because Tebow is a Christian, blah, blah, blah.
    For every superstar, there are 20 busts in the NFL.
    It was a waste, but Thompson and Cox look more than ready to take the spot.
    If McDaniels is true to his word of “the best guys play”, then he has no recourse but to cut him, no matter how high the pick.

  11. The Wolf says: Aug 31, 2010 1:03 PM

    Lets give the kid another year before we cast him as a “bust”. He looked good Sunday night flying around the field. He has showed glipses. I think he will be a solid pro.

  12. cball77 says: Aug 31, 2010 1:04 PM

    On behalf of all Seahawks fans a MASSIVE thank you to Josh McDaniels and his draft staff in Denver.
    Didn’t get what he was doing in the ’09, especially when you had to realize that chances were the ’10 first rounder he gave away was probably going to be in the top half of the 1st round.

  13. TXYoungGuns82 says: Aug 31, 2010 1:09 PM

    Somewhere Brian Xanders is thanking you for writing this, Florio.
    Football operations 101:
    1. General Managers get paid for evaluating talent and bringing in talent at a decent cost to the team.
    2. Coaches get paid to develop those “talented” players into “productive” players.
    Ultimately, it was Brian Xanders decision to trade that pick away. I am not a fan of the Broncos or anything, but why should McDaniels receive the heat for anything outside of coaching the team that he is given?

  14. rbais2 says: Aug 31, 2010 1:09 PM

    “Monkey Business” McDaniels actually made things more complicated than they should’ve been and that bit him in his “bun tacos”?????
    I’m shocked!!!!!!
    Now this moron really deserves to suffer because he thinks he knows more than veteran coaches and tries to act like genius by doing RADICAL things instead of smart things (or things that are the opposite of dumb)!!!
    Just because you were “groomed” under Belichick, it doesn’t mean that you’re a genious!!!
    It just means that you have unearned arrogance and deserve to be replaced by Leslie Frazier!!!

  15. joetoronto says: Aug 31, 2010 1:18 PM

    I like what McDaniels is doing, I hope he keeps it up, lol.

  16. megatron81 says: Aug 31, 2010 1:18 PM

    @ FlboyinDallas
    Ya, they really looked strong as Detroit pummelled them into oblivion. Lay off the pipe man.

  17. Canetic says: Aug 31, 2010 1:19 PM

    Josh McDaniels is not nearly as smart as he thinks he is. He’s the Lane Kiffin of the NFL.

  18. Bob Nelson says: Aug 31, 2010 1:22 PM

    Good Job Seahawks!!
    Don’t you just hate a young guy who gets a promotion and suddenly thinks he knows it all?
    McDaniels is an arrogant punk who refuses to listen to any advice.
    He will sink himself with his attitude. There is a price to be paid for running off guys like Nolan.

  19. Hawkfan50 says: Aug 31, 2010 1:23 PM

    I’m with cball77 – that trade last year was laughable at the time , and to get Earl Thomas for what amounts to a #37 is awesome …
    Thanks Denver !

  20. 1NationRaiderNation says: Aug 31, 2010 1:24 PM

    thank god denver hired McDaniels. That is the best thing that has happened to the raiders in a long long long time.

  21. ReppinThe12thMan says: Aug 31, 2010 1:27 PM

    Thanks for Earl Thomas, Denver!
    He’s a hell of a playmaking safety; been loving playing with him in Madden, too!

  22. superb owl says: Aug 31, 2010 1:28 PM

    oh where oh where did my missing post go?
    oh where oh where can it be?

  23. Deadeye says: Aug 31, 2010 1:28 PM

    That’s even worse than the Pat White pick.

  24. QJ1984 says: Aug 31, 2010 1:39 PM

    I dont think the guys that Denver has been drafting lack talent. The problem is that the coach does. I’d like to see a young guy like Smith get a shot under a coach who actually has a clue and see if he can become a servicable player. My guess is, he could.

  25. rx says: Aug 31, 2010 1:41 PM

    George Foster, Ashley Lelie, Willie Middlebrooks, Deltha Oneal, Marcus Nash…all Shanny the Mastermind first rounders. Lay off the kid.

  26. el_dude00 says: Aug 31, 2010 1:44 PM

    @TXYoungGuns82
    While I agree that Xanders is the personnel dude and McDaniels is the coach, let’s not be so foolish as to think that Josh doesn’t have roster say especially around draft time.
    Josh didn’t get some email or text saying:
    “Hey Josh, we just traded a first round pick to get Alphonso Smith. I know you may not dig him but I do (no homo)! So draft him! LOL – BX. ”
    It was just as much Josh’s call and just as much his mistake for not getting what was expected out of this guy.
    If Carter didn’t get hurt, Smith would be cut for sure. Cox and Thompson are much better players right now.

  27. Scoop says: Aug 31, 2010 1:45 PM

    Smith has actually had a solid preseason. More likely, the Nate Jones era in Denver is drawing to a close. Darcel McBath offers the same versatility as Jones with considerably more upside.
    You really have to take Krieger with a grain of salt. This is the guy that redundantly argued against Cutler’s credentials as a ‘franchise’ QB right up to the moment that Cutler was traded. Then, all the sudden, Cutler was thrown into the Johnny Unitas pot. Ditto Brandon Marshall. Krieger has become a predictable one-trick pony– and he is very good at capitalizing on the hot-button issues. Currently, here is no hotter or more divisive button in Broncoland than Alphonso Smith…Kyle Orton’s play in camp has seen to that.

  28. FireJerryJones says: Aug 31, 2010 2:02 PM

    Can see him traded to New England for Maroney

  29. TampaBayBucs7-9 says: Aug 31, 2010 2:08 PM

    Keep him and trade him later Cuting ties with him means he is just free to sign with his old team. Smart players like Derrick ward know how to work the system. Show up to traning cam late and lazy so you can get cut then go get a signing bonus somewhere else.

  30. clint says: Aug 31, 2010 2:10 PM

    As a Chargers Fan.. I LOVE MCDANIALS!!!!
    Karma for all that chop-blocking w/ Shanahan!!

  31. jj jones says: Aug 31, 2010 2:11 PM

    How many of these “might not make the team” topics have there been this month? I am curious to see how many of those guys stick around.

  32. sullijo says: Aug 31, 2010 2:13 PM

    Quick – name five 2nd round draft picks from last year…..
    Who cares.
    In the NFL, it’s about wins and losses. An 8-8 season may be terrific for teams like Oakland and KC….but all of you are right. 8-8 won’t cut it long-term in Denver.
    We’ll see what happens.

  33. Play4Blood says: Aug 31, 2010 2:19 PM

    # joetoronto says: August 31, 2010 1:18 PM
    I like what McDaniels is doing, I hope he keeps it up, lol.
    ———————————————-
    Same. McDummy is awesome. I

  34. Traveler says: Aug 31, 2010 2:42 PM

    How about a swap of 2nd round players?
    Denver gets Alan Branch
    Arizona gets Alphonso Smith.
    Seriously though, Alphonso Smith will remain with the Broncos.
    Coach McDaniels did say, “the best players will play.” That doesn’t automatically mean Smith gets cut.
    Currently, Denver has to make a decision on Elvis Dumervil and Darryl Reid.
    Placing either of these two on IR or PUP opens an extra spot or two.

  35. JSpicoli says: Aug 31, 2010 2:44 PM

    But I thought that only the Raiders made draft missteps? I mean that’s the garbage I read coming from your types @ the Raiders.
    Where is the comment about McDaniels losing his fastball? Dysfunction? Drafts his own guys despite what the experts think?
    Oh, that’s right, this is not a team you like to crap on. Nevermind.

  36. Terrell Blowens says: Aug 31, 2010 2:48 PM

    This is the problem with guys like McDaniels. They feel like that have something to prove all the time so they try to outsmart everyone by making huge gambles that they think will pay off (i.e trading the top two offensive playmakers away within one year of receiving the HC job, trading 1st round pick for Smith, drafting Tebow in round 1 as a huge reach, etc.). He just ends up screwing himself over. These are the moves that could set back his career and completely uproot the Broncos organization. At this point it’s safe to say McDaniels can never be an average coach. He will either be really good because his gambles work out, or he could be horrendous and everyone will blame him for destroying the Broncos.
    New Eagles GM Howie Roseman looks like he’s following a similar path.

  37. BostonISaChraphole says: Aug 31, 2010 2:51 PM

    The Denver Broncos will be lucky to win 3 games this season.
    Write that down.

  38. brownsfn19 says: Aug 31, 2010 3:12 PM

    Thats why I call him McDumbass…enough said…

  39. Rondachamp24 says: Aug 31, 2010 3:25 PM

    Some of you guys are idiots. Phonz will make the team. So will Thompson and Cox. Hill won’t be cut either. Phonz hasn’t lived up to where he was selected but he’s still learning to play the ot. As far as him having 3 fingers, he lead the ACC in INTs over a career. Denvers first team HAS loomed very solid in the preseason. They got beat by Detroit but had 18 players out and most of them starters…still had a bunch of starters out and pounded on Pitt (up 17-3 w starters in) and still had a bunch of starters out. Regardless, wins and losses don’t matter in preseason, but how your first team looks is telling. Denvers has looked good. Phonz will be fine and it’s FAR too early to call him a bust.

  40. Dezperado says: Aug 31, 2010 4:11 PM

    You have to give him a chance and as for the fool who said Renaldo Hill would be cut you have to be kidding me right ? Also all of those players will be good players that Mcd’s drafted Mcbath was already the special teams captain before he broke his leg last yr in his rookie yr. Ayers has shown inprovement and will be good i have no doubt and we already know about Moreno and Quinn looks like a good TE

  41. Brewster says: Aug 31, 2010 5:46 PM

    magsdad1 says: August 31, 2010 1:03 PM
    There is no doubt that it was a bad pick.
    His size has not been the overriding factor in his inability to play effectively. He simply has been a CB that:
    a. cannot cover receivers
    b. is not fast enough
    c. doesn’t like to tackle
    d. doesn’t seem to understand the schemes being used.
    _____________________________
    How can anyone possibly argue with those comments.
    He is correct on all counts.
    The only possible reason Aphonso Smith will survive and make the 53 man roster is that Josh McDaniels is too stubborn and arrogant to acknowledge his mistakes.

  42. allinSTACKme says: Aug 31, 2010 9:28 PM

    snnyjcbs says:
    August 31, 2010 12:59 PM
    Maybe a person in the media with a pair would do an article on the Denver Draft since McDaniel’s has handled it.
    With trading away all their top tier talent and receiving a bunch of extra picks. And with what they have received in the Draft so far, no team in the NFL has mishandled the Draft like they have.
    ————————————————-
    Since when can you judge a head coach’s 2 drafts after seeing only 1 full year of regular season play? You are stupid. Please keep your moronic opinions to yourself.

  43. allinSTACKme says: Aug 31, 2010 9:33 PM

    brownsfn19 says:
    August 31, 2010 3:12 PM
    Thats why I call him McDumbass…enough said…
    ————————————————–
    Do you have deep rooted hatred for the Broncos because they’ve owned your pathetic team in the biggest moments, or do you just hate your pathetic, minimum wage paid, parents basement inhabited life so much you feel the need to post a negative comment on every thread of this site (I can understand the latter due to presumed location of home and football team you root for)?
    You’re comments are old & tired. Seriously

  44. allinSTACKme says: Aug 31, 2010 9:43 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    August 31, 2010 2:44 PM
    But I thought that only the Raiders made draft missteps? I mean that’s the garbage I read coming from your types @ the Raiders.
    Where is the comment about McDaniels losing his fastball? Dysfunction? Drafts his own guys despite what the experts think?
    Oh, that’s right, this is not a team you like to crap on. Nevermind.
    ————————————————–
    OR, it’s because when the Raiders have a big bust, IT’S FROM A TOP 5 OVERALL PICK. People like to crap on the team because they’re used to piling sh*t on sh*t.
    Al Davis losing his fastball (I assume you were making a metaphor in relation to his mind)…JaMarcus Russell and DHB off top of my head. Drafting in top 10 (a few top 5s) year after year.
    Dysfunction…Tom Cable punching an assistant; Lane Kiffin being followed aroung by ESPN for weeks after word getting out of Sloth firing him; Richard Seymour trade; Big Al requiring JaWalrus to play.
    Drafts his own guys despite what the experts think…Didn’t Sloth draft JaWalrus despite what coach Kiffin wanted?

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