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Justin Smith: 49ers “loaded” with “ridiculous” talent

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San Francisco defensive tackle Justin Smith isn’t shy about saying the 49ers are the best team he’s been on.

Asked at a press conference after the 49ers arrived in New Orleans about the talent level of the 49ers, Smith said it’s unlike anything he’s ever seen.

“It’s ridiculous,” Smith said. “You look around our locker room, and from head to toe, the offensive line, receivers, DBs, defensive line. It’s just the main reason we’re here. The talent level, what the coaches have been able to get out of us, it just all has come together. This roster is loaded.”

Smith was the fourth overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft, and he’s one of 15 players on the 49ers’ roster who was a first-round draft pick. Smith said that kind of collection of talent on one roster doesn’t come around often.

“I think it’s a big reason why we are where we’re at,” Smith said.

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34 Responses to “Justin Smith: 49ers “loaded” with “ridiculous” talent”
  1. greenejoemean says: Jan 28, 2013 6:59 AM

    Year after year of drafting in the top half of the draft, you better have some talent on your team.

  2. mydroopysack says: Jan 28, 2013 7:13 AM

    ^Lots of talented guys were drafted in the lower rounds as well. 2nd and 3rd corners Tarrell Brown and Chris Culliver drafted in 5th and 3rd rounds respectively. Kaepernick 2nd round. Kendall Hunter 5th round. Frank Gore 3rd round. Dashon Goldson 5th round. Ahmad Brooks supplemental draft. Alex Boone undrafted. Parys Haralson starting OLB before injury 5th round.

    So no, it is not just from picking from the top half year after year. And if you think even that’s easy, just ask the Cardinals, Lions, Dolphins, Chiefs, or Browns. Get a clue loser.

  3. mydroopysack says: Jan 28, 2013 7:16 AM

    Navorro Bowman 3rd round

  4. gregorie0880 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:16 AM

    Although Cowboy has aged with Frank Gore… all of the ridiclous talent is 28 years old or younger. Most are 25 or younger. The 49ers will be a powerhouse for 10 years.

  5. cruzp23 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:26 AM

    try playing vs them on madden!

  6. jwayne111 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:32 AM

    A widely held opinion, and 49ers probably deserve this one; BUTT does this one not seem to be playing out like the 2011 Giants and perhaps the underdog 2010 Packers? Gonna be another gr8 one

  7. niner13 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:33 AM

    You tell ‘em Cowboy

  8. sjoyner59 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:36 AM

    They do have big time talent ,as for other teams like the eagles look at there 2010 and 2011 drafts were they got NOTHING to help the team.When you continually miss in the draft your franchise will pay a steep price,with a salary cap it is impossible to build a good team thru free agency

  9. bearsoxass says: Jan 28, 2013 7:43 AM

    Blah blah blah! Ravens get this one!

  10. montegmen says: Jan 28, 2013 7:44 AM

    That sure helped against the GMEN last year..PS for all of you fools who think or say Giants won because of a fumble..check box score. Giants outgained 49ers and had time of posession, not to mention how they dominated on third down. Go Ravens, a real team..no gimmicks!

  11. fuglyflorio says: Jan 28, 2013 7:50 AM

    Sometimes it’s better to be awful for a while instead of getting incrementally better. Then when it all gels you can make that exponential jump that comes from being in a great drafting position for years.

  12. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:51 AM

    45-9, 49ers embarrass the Rats

  13. kirksutton says: Jan 28, 2013 7:54 AM

    But look at the Lions.

  14. cameltoehoe says: Jan 28, 2013 7:55 AM

    [Reply to: greenejoemean]

    You can have all the talent in the world (ie Eagles), but it takes a great leader to make a team win.

  15. vikesfansteve says: Jan 28, 2013 7:56 AM

    Will that run option play work against the Ravens?

  16. mrobinson14 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:05 AM

    This is how you build a winner. You don’t only focus on draft or FA. If you are able to accumulate talent over time with a mixture of vets and young guys, you WILL have a stacked team.

  17. veryfthful says: Jan 28, 2013 8:07 AM

    ‘HECK’ ya we have talent coming out of the ying yang. But with out good coaching and strategist it is all for nothing. So mean green pants have a little more respect for any team that fights year after year to be on top. Especially the Niner’s.

  18. thehuckster404 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:18 AM

    Justin seems to be misremembering the NFC Championship, which was won by the 9ers O. Certainly no “loaded” defense puts their team in a 17 point hole and manages one sack for zero yards against a statue of a QB in Matt Ryan. Let CKap talk the smack, he’s earned the right.

  19. poridge1214 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:31 AM

    I like the Giants fans in this thread popping off about last year’s game. Fellas, it’s 2013 and your team is home. Just sit back, relax and wait another 9 months for your team to play another game.

  20. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:31 AM

    Will the run option play work against the Ravens? Ask the Redskins if it worked.

  21. blakeden says: Jan 28, 2013 8:40 AM

    There is no doubt Justin Smith knows a lot more about the inner workings of the SF locker room than any of use …..But know game is won in the locker room it’s on the field. And I believe that talent will rise….

  22. joeyashwi says: Jan 28, 2013 9:00 AM

    I think people are missing the point. Everybody has first round picks. The fact that their picks tend to stick is a testament to their talent evaluation at draft time. Everybody also has players on their team who weren’t drafted in the first round. It’s not that the good teams get more picks, it’s that they make the most of their picks, hence the “what about the Lions?” comments. Luck is also a factor so before Niners fans feel like I’m totally sticking up for them, a lot of those picks could have just as easily fizzled like they do for other teams. They sure do have an exciting, tough team though. The butt kicking they put on my Packers still stings.

  23. briank1ne says: Jan 28, 2013 9:27 AM

    For all the ravens fans out there that are acting like this one is in the bag for you i can sense your fear. The niners do have a very good team. there is no doubt about that. so to comment with the likes of “blah blah blah…ravens got this” and its ray lewis’s last game niners are gonna get crushed” just shows your lack of confidence in your team. Do not get it confused. this will be a great game with players on both sides that want this very much.

  24. snaxdsp says: Jan 28, 2013 10:36 AM

    Kapernick will be just like Newton, Vick, RGIII next year. Figured out and hurt. Bet they barely go 8-8

  25. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 28, 2013 10:44 AM

    I love the hooplah the 49ers have been getting, they (the media train) were all saying after the vikings loss, they got exposed, after the giants loss, they got exposed, after the seattle and rams loss, one and done, How funny to hear these same “Experts” picking them over the Ravens. They are a diffrent form of the same team last year, but dont discount thier hunger, lewis’s last game or not, its gonna be the cowboy and his henchmen that slam the door shut. Play hard and we gonna see how dominant football is played!

  26. pongonfl says: Jan 28, 2013 11:22 AM

    That is what was mysterious about Alex Smith, they were loaded with offensive talent, they had no need to rely on a super defense.
    Which is suddenly clear to all.

    They will have trouble keeping that many good players on the roster.

  27. billb49 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:42 AM

    “Will that run option play work against the Ravens?”

    I’ve seen two playoff teams take the opposite approach to it the way the Niners run it and neither approach worked. The Niners don’t run it like the Redskins or the Seahawks do and I’ll wait until I see someone effectively stop it before I believe it can be effectively stopped.

  28. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:48 AM

    I dont agree with pongonfl, they are all under contract for years to come, they didnt over spend to get the talent, and, who wouldnt wanna come play for this team now? Contenders for a decade!! How sweeet it is

  29. CKL says: Jan 28, 2013 12:11 PM

    Not only did the Saints missing Payton show the importance of great coaching, but also the 9ers success now does. They collected talent for years and yet underachieved due to not having a great coaching staff. Top flight coaches/coaching staffs are way more important than any one great player.

  30. nananatman says: Jan 28, 2013 12:21 PM

    Imagine how long and powerfully a team would have to suck to get 15 high level first round picks and then wonder how the Browns do it?

  31. hehateme2 says: Jan 28, 2013 12:28 PM

    I have a feeling that this will be a boring Super Bowl… hope I’m wrong.

  32. 49ersandshivabowl says: Jan 28, 2013 1:42 PM

    Actually MANY of the 1st round picks were picked by former teams: ref. Randy Moss, Carlos Rogers, Donte Whitner or were picks acquired via draft trade allowing for 2 1st round picks (ref. acquiring both Llupati and A. Davis).

  33. dukemarc says: Jan 28, 2013 2:11 PM

    Enjoy the oncoming Cap Hell, Niners. Only 2.6 million under the cap going into next year and they still have to figure out how to pay Goldson.

    Having talent is both a blessing and a curse.

  34. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 28, 2013 5:24 PM

    Not only loaded with talent but are one of the younger teams in the NFL. Future looks bright in SF.

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