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Niners are in position to dominate the draft, and the NFL

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Three years ago, former Eagles coach Andy Reid fleeced the Redskins for a second-round pick for quarterback Donovan McNabb.  Now, it looks like Reid could be the fleecee.

Regardless of whether Alex Smith works out better for the Chiefs than McNabb did for the Redskins, the Niners have landed a high second-round pick this year and a conditional selection in 2014 for a guy who, barring injury to Colin Kaepernick, was going to be sitting on the bench.

The selection gives the 49ers a whopping 15 picks in 2013, allowing them to dominate the draft, Patriots style.  If, for example, there’s a team that wants to move up to the 34th overall pick and get the highest remaining quarterback on the board, the Niners could stockpile even more selections — maybe even a first-round selection in 2014.

The arsenal of picks also allows the 49ers to, whether now or in the future, pile up more and more players who, if those picks are used wisely, can position the 49ers to contend for multiple championships.

At a time when the defending champs are staring down the kind of turnover that could make it hard to repeat, the Niners are better suited than any Super Bowl loser in years to get back to the big game and win it.

If that happens, it’ll be the first time a team lost the Super Bowl and then return to win the game since the 1972 Dolphins.

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77 Responses to “Niners are in position to dominate the draft, and the NFL”
  1. r8rsfan says: Feb 27, 2013 1:12 PM

    Last I heard there was still a salary cap. Still have to pay all those picks.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 27, 2013 1:13 PM

    That’s a good one. The Niners are forever fraudulent.

  3. buddysguys says: Feb 27, 2013 1:13 PM

    or their offense can get figured out like the Dolphins wild cat craze and some injuries come along and they flop out and don’t make playoffs and everyone says how they are a huge disappointment….its happened before.

  4. marvsleezy says: Feb 27, 2013 1:13 PM

    There is still a salary cap.

  5. wittersworld says: Feb 27, 2013 1:14 PM

    The key to the whole article is this phrase: “if those picks are used wisely”

    I remember hearing a few years back about how the Patriots were draft geniuses because they had stockpiled picks. How many titles have they won lately?

  6. jwcarlson says: Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM

    HUGE risk placing it all on your running QB not getting injured like Mike Vick, RG3, etc.

  7. psilenttype says: Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM

    Trent Baalke is the best GM in football

  8. kissmyconverse says: Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM

    Ok 9’ers package your 1st and that 2nd to move up to 14th for Vaccaro.

  9. doomsdaydefensetx says: Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM

    I have nothing but respect for this organization. I wish the 49ers x Cowboys rivalry would resurface. Probably not anytime soon with Jerrah at the helm. :/

  10. niners816 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:15 PM

    You can hate Harbaugh, the Niners, Kaep, Gore or whoever and as a fan we all hate specific teams..its what makes the Nfl great and makes you love your team more. But you cannot deny the fact that the Niners know exactly what they are doing and have done everything you could do to set themselves up to be a top tier organization. After losing the super bowl, this takes a little of the sting away. Go Niners!

  11. rexryanstoecheese says: Feb 27, 2013 1:16 PM

    unless of course CKaep blows his knee out…..
    could happen

  12. tjhogan23 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:17 PM

    the 49ers are going to go on the next great run just as the Patriots era seems to be winding down

  13. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Feb 27, 2013 1:17 PM

    “if those picks are used wisely” pretty much says it all.

  14. blackngold4life says: Feb 27, 2013 1:19 PM

    Same thing the Steelers should have done with Wallace last year..Smart move 49ers

  15. haterade999 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:20 PM

    Yawn. Words mean nothing once the season starts.

    San Fran is a great organization with a great chance to win a Super Bowl. But, 31 other teams will have their say.

    “Dominate the draft, Patriots style”

    Has that converted to a championship lately?

  16. cali49er707 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:20 PM

    Just like McDonalds…..”I’m lovin it”

  17. tannethrill says: Feb 27, 2013 1:21 PM

    Surprised Reid didn’t make a run at Smith for the Eagles last year if he felt that strongly.

  18. nt3419 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:21 PM

    A different perspective is they have enough draft picks. They are now vunerable to losing playoff home field advantage with a short kaepernick injury if Seattle continues to progress.

  19. Jay says: Feb 27, 2013 1:23 PM

    Happy trails, Dashon Goldson! We are now primed to replace you. This draft is loaded with awesome safeties.

  20. ctattles says: Feb 27, 2013 1:24 PM

    There are football players in this world. The niners have some of the football players. Long passes, short passes, run plays. Its all part of the game. Have a nice day everybody!!!!

  21. nineroutsider says: Feb 27, 2013 1:25 PM

    If this is true, it’s a fantastic deal for the 9ers. We all wish Alex the very best. Lots of people will hate on this deal for KC, but Alex can do well in Reid’s system and if they can play decent defense they might be able to creep into a wildcard position. The Chargers and the Raiders will offer little resistance. Besides the top teams, I view the AFC as wide open.

    Regarding everything else you are mentioning here, I’d like to cite the infamous Mr. Wolf and his famous line. The 9ers are in a fantastic position and will be in an even better one, but anything can happen and the division is very tough and will get tougher. “Lets not go…just yet.”

  22. jstork69 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:25 PM

    If I hear one more time that the 9’ers are the dominating team in football I think I will choke.

    Oh wait, that is what SF does when they get to the big game!

  23. raiderdaddy says: Feb 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    A 2nd rounder?! lolz! The 9ers robbed Andy Reid! Look up Youtube for Alex Smith. U judge if Smith merit a 2nd..

  24. marvin49 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    For anyone saying “there is still a cap”…


    They aren’t gonna use all those picks. they are going to be trading all over the place to get the guys they want and move some of those picks for better picks next year.

    Moreover, Baalke can draft. He knows talent. Mike Iupati. Anthony Davis. Navorro Bowman. Aldon Smith. Colin Kaepernick. Chris Culliver. Kendall Hunter. Bruce Miller. LaMichael James.

    ALL Baalke picks. 4 of those guys have already been All Pros and Novorro has been All-Pro twice.

  25. biggestredmiami says: Feb 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    Yeah there is still a salary cap, but they don’t need to keep all of them.

  26. dontouchmyjunk says: Feb 27, 2013 1:31 PM

    Having too many rookies on your team is never a smart move. There is no room on any roster for 15 rookies. Well, maybe for a rebuilding team, but not a team that just went to the Super Bowl.

  27. skinzfan21 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:31 PM

    Exactly how did the redskins get fleeced in that trade?? We was able to get Alfred Morris after trading McNabb but the eagles drafted Nate Allen (ask eagles fans how that worked out)… he still in the league?

  28. mjkelly77 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:33 PM

    The Chiefs were too impatient. 49ers would have released Smith and the Chiefs could have dealt with him directly.

  29. jaimelh02 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:33 PM

    If the Niners are smart they’ll package those picks and move up in the draft to find impact players. Otherwise they’ll be drafting a lot of bench warmers

  30. marvin49 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:36 PM


    If you really think the Niners are going to select 15 players in the draft then you are completely missing the point.

    draft picks are currency in the NFL. You package them to move up. You use them to aquire vets (Revis, Harvin). You can trade them for BETTER picks the following year (which is how they got 2 or 3 of them to begin with).

    The point here is that they are in the driver seat to sustain their success becasue they will most likely have multiple picks for some time to replace aging players.

    Its something that Bill Walsh and Bill Belichick have done.

  31. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:36 PM

    And what makes the NFL better than MLB, NHL and NBA is they could miss the playoffs completely.

  32. tonys2lucky54 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:37 PM

    First off …Kappy doesn’t run around like RG3…very few designed runs…and he doesnt get hit…most hits he’s taken were in the backfield…he’s a passer first…as for the trade…and all the picks…if you can restock with quality young (inexpensive ) players …you can be contenders every year… Niners are the next dynesty….

  33. rtant2013 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:38 PM

    I would have agreed with you in past drafts but there really aren’t any game changing, elite players in this draft. Thereafter some good players, but no one is elite, hence why there’s no true #1 overall pick. Plus, we’ve seen a lot of teams have a bunch of picks before and not do anything in the draft. Take last year for example, what draft picks played for the 49ers last year, other then the RB who was hurt a majority of the season. Just because you have a bunch of picks doesn’t mean they will be successful picks. My bet would be a majority of those 14 picks won’t see the field this season

  34. brooklynniner19 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:40 PM

    49ers will own the NFC west again and compete for the top dog stop in the NFC.

  35. flipola says: Feb 27, 2013 1:41 PM

    Any team that would trade next year’s first round pick for this 2nd round pick to take one of these mediocre quarterbacks should be fired on the spot.

  36. Soulman45 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:43 PM

    To many picks to keep them all they need to trade some for future picks to keep the train rolling down hill. Trade some to move up for better players it can be workout.

  37. almighty1 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:45 PM

    As mentioned there is a CAP but also, how in the world would 15 rookies make that roster?

  38. woodsidegil says: Feb 27, 2013 1:45 PM

    Why do people keep saying that the Niners have too many draft choices? It gives them mulitple opportunites to trade up or down this year or in the future plus ability to offer picks in trades for a player. Smart move.

  39. thestatsishere says: Feb 27, 2013 1:46 PM

    Great move by the Niners. Barring injury, they are really set up to run the table. Scary.

  40. Grinds My Gear says: Feb 27, 2013 1:46 PM

    15 new rookies is a tough one even if you send 7 to practice squad. I see SF using those picks to trade up to fill upgrade needs. They could potentially trade up for another first to add a pass rusher or someone to eventually replace Justin Smith considering age and potential injury concerns. I think that’s the smart way to approach it especially when this class is deep in middle/lower tier pass rushers (by that I mean no one really deserves to be top 10, but a lot of guys who would be middle/late 1st if the class wasn’t so deep).

  41. skeebo80 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:47 PM

    I can hear Ravens fans now “glad we got our ONE”

  42. dirtyjersey9er says: Feb 27, 2013 1:49 PM

    “If the Niners are smart they’ll package those picks and move up in the draft to find impact players. Otherwise they’ll be drafting a lot of bench warmers”

    With the possibility of losing Goldson and one of or both NTs along with needing a guy to groom to replace Justin Smith in the future this draft is very loaded at S and DL and there are more than a few 3-4 NTs and DEs in this draft. I’d say if they used all 3 picks in round 1-2 two of the 3 would have a legit shot at starting now.

    On a side note it’s about time Andy Reid had to pay a second rounder to get another team’s backup QB. He made a living off that exact thing.

  43. blackngold4life says: Feb 27, 2013 1:49 PM

    No guarantee He signs with KC own his own..So why not grab him now? I mean really..KC is not a hot destination spot for NFL players.

  44. belgaron says: Feb 27, 2013 1:52 PM

    Dominate the draft? …. AJ Jenkins… LaMichael James….this is not the definition of dominance.

  45. osiris33 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:52 PM

    What bilge. The Seahawks are already better than the 49ers and only a lucky tie with the rams gave them the division. The Seahawks are younger, quicker and more physical, and have the better QB. The only reason the Seahawks didn’t win the Super Bowl this season was because the NFL made them an eastern time zone road playoff game at 10 AM and they didn’t even wake up until the 2nd half. The 49ers will be lucky to stay ahead of the Rams, much less keep up with the Seahawks. And by the way, the Seahawks have 10 picks in this draft too.

    “Domination?” I’ll tell you what domination is; 42-13. That’s domination. What a joke of a post.

  46. finsphan says: Feb 27, 2013 1:52 PM

    Ravens made kaep throw the ball and he accounted for 14pts that killed his team, badly over thrown ball to moss led to a td, bad accuracy to 2 wide open rec in the end zone that cost them a td. And he got away with a pick when the Ravens dropped the ball. He was figured out. Will not win with the option

  47. bobhk says: Feb 27, 2013 1:53 PM

    @r8rsfan says:
    Feb 27, 2013 1:12 PM
    Last I heard there was still a salary cap. Still have to pay all those picks.
    Rookies don’t have to be paid as they used to.

  48. rc33 says: Feb 27, 2013 2:00 PM

    So the Niners are set to dominate the NFL after losing a Super Bowl? Hate to be the bearer of bad news but history doesn’t reflect kindly on teams that’ve recently lost the Big Game.
    They’ve lost a NFC Title Game and a SB the past two seasons.
    Wasted opportunities.
    So good luck with that “domination” thing.

  49. 15starr says: Feb 27, 2013 2:01 PM

    Watch out for the chiefs next year. Playoff contenders.

  50. sbmcintosh36 says: Feb 27, 2013 2:04 PM

    This deal has Revis stank all over it

  51. xxwhodatxx says: Feb 27, 2013 2:04 PM

    Just like when you said Green Bay was gonna win the next 3-4 Super Bowls. Remember that?

  52. modellforprez says: Feb 27, 2013 2:15 PM

    we shall see. we will see

  53. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 27, 2013 2:17 PM

    And a new paper champion has been crowned.

  54. roosky75 says: Feb 27, 2013 2:19 PM

    Everything I have seen shows that the 49’ers have 11 picks in the draft plus proceeds from the Smith deal which makes the total 12. Where do the extra 3 picks come from?

  55. landof10000lakes says: Feb 27, 2013 2:22 PM

    Seriously, you’re talking dynasty when they haven’t even won the big one yet (in the past 18 years anyway). Lets see them win a Super Bowl before we anoint the the team of the decade.

  56. tdk24 says: Feb 27, 2013 2:24 PM

    1. I think Florio is getting a little carried away with this trade equating to domination by the 9ers.

    2. In the long run, Smith is the better QB. I just don’t think his future team will know how to let him succeed like his former team finally figured out.

    Option offenses are just a flash in the pan.

  57. ravenator says: Feb 27, 2013 2:28 PM

    So long as they dont play the Ravens

  58. MasMacho says: Feb 27, 2013 2:34 PM

    Unless the roster limit is expanded to 68, this can only serve to make a good team slightly better. The cap will prevent them from piling up high picks year over year, and on a good team you’re not going to add a huge amount of depth. In other words, replacing journeymen with high-round picks isn’t sustainable.

    But, it definitely is better to have more picks than fewer picks, so I suppose they are in a good spot.

  59. bobbyhoying says: Feb 27, 2013 2:37 PM

    How did Andy get fleeced? As I recall Alex Smith was playing well before he was hurt.

  60. dirtysouthniner says: Feb 27, 2013 2:50 PM

    Rtant2013 we didn’t have a bunch last year, we traded a bunch for picks this year.. As for the players we drafted,we weren’t drafting players who we thought would play this year(Jenkins,James,looney) and thoes were our top picks from rounds 1-4.. if you’re drafting for starters all the time you’re not playing for Superbowls you are rebuilding. Not saying you don’t want to find stars but we are drafting and acquiring picks for the future stars.

  61. 808raiderinparadise says: Feb 27, 2013 2:57 PM

    PERFECT !!!

    So when Kap gets whacked in week 3 they can trade all those picks and players to the Cheifs to get Alex back.

  62. radrntn says: Feb 27, 2013 3:11 PM

    you still have only 53 guys, and need to be under cap….I agree Niners are solid for the next couple of years, but looks like they might start to fall apart in 2015 when Kapernick, aldon smith, culliver, iupati, anthony davis, crabtree, and gore are all UFA’s…….you might be able to afford one or two of them but with the commitments they already have with others, thats about it.

  63. judsonjr says: Feb 27, 2013 3:15 PM

    The biggest thing the Niners have going for them is that they have failed to win the Superbowl. There is some hope of retaining good players at a decent price if they don’t have a ring.

    Once you have a ring, you’ll start having guys take a payday to play on a terrible team. Plus you’ll have vets that could probably play another year or two who will decide to hang it up. Then on top of that, you’ll have to pay whatever young guys are coming off a rookie contract.

  64. jbcommonsense says: Feb 27, 2013 3:15 PM

    Wow, I can’t believe Reid was that dumb. The 34th pick AND another draft pick… for a back-up?

  65. yinzer7 says: Feb 27, 2013 3:16 PM

    Again… They still have to figure out how to beat the Rams!

  66. j0ey15 says: Feb 27, 2013 3:17 PM

    Now the niners will make the jets an offer they can’t refuse for revis esp if he’s running by April

  67. jprcox says: Feb 27, 2013 3:26 PM

    So did anyone think about what happens if Kaepernick goes down? SF now has to go get a strong backup QB – and there will be a cost for that.

    If Smith, a pocket passer, goes down in the season but SF is saved by having Kaepernick, as the backup, what happens now WHEN they need a good backup.

    Oops I say. Oops.

  68. psilenttype says: Feb 27, 2013 3:56 PM

    Why is everybody worried about Kap getting injured? He is a pocket passer first and a runner later… The option is him deciding if he wants to hand it off to RB or PASS!!! NOT RUN fools…. The running part only comes in when pocket is broken or play is not there!

    Very few plays are designed for Kaepernick to run straight from the huddle

    If we use your logic then every player who makes contact on majority of plays (DL, OL, RB, LB, TE) have a worst chance of being injured!

    Kap has just a much chance as being injured as Tom Brady just because he has the ability to run does not make him more susceptible to injury!

    You people kill me with you twilight zone knowledge of football…

  69. deltaoracle says: Feb 27, 2013 4:32 PM

    They probably should win *one* Super Bowl with their current team before we start speculation about “dominating the league.”

  70. noring4youstill says: Feb 27, 2013 4:37 PM

    They’ll miss the playoffs

  71. NJJohn says: Feb 27, 2013 4:38 PM

    How come fans of teams with running quarterbacks constantly tell people that, no, their QB is a pocket quarterback first?

    You are the only ones that believe this.

  72. dvdman123 says: Feb 27, 2013 5:20 PM

    We’ve heard the same song before about the Patriots and they haven’t won a Super Bowl since when?

  73. gregorie0880 says: Feb 27, 2013 5:52 PM

    This is the first of a several moves the 49ers make this year.

    The best roster in NFL has a NFL-high 15 picks with 5 picks in the Top 92. There is no room for this youth. They are trading half of these away for the future or moving up significantly. My guess… the Super Bowl window is short and they will trade several picks and move up in draft.

    Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson is probably gone. This is another big move coming soon.

    Replacing Goldson will be a big move too.

    This is going to get interesting in a matter of weeks.

  74. dukemarc says: Feb 27, 2013 6:57 PM

    ALL Baalke picks. 4 of those guys have already been All Pros and Novorro has been All-Pro twice.

    No one’s saying Baalke can’t draft Marvin, but the “weird” thing about All-Pros is they tend to want to be the highest paid players at their positions.

    The 49ers will be in cap hell or dismantled(at least the main parts of this year’s team) within the next 2 seasons.

  75. bw1tz says: Feb 28, 2013 12:40 AM

    Yawn. Maybe the 49er’s should actually, you know, win a title before we anoint them the envy of the NFL.

  76. mercurialcj says: Feb 28, 2013 6:58 AM

    So many bandwagon 49ers fans nowadays……

  77. kiefs85 says: Feb 28, 2013 7:34 AM

    Teams don’t dominate the NFL—the 15-1 season by Green Bay and 16-0 by New England are the two closest things to domination and neither won the Super Bowl that year. These Niners are good but haven’t won a thing yet. At this point they are nothing more than a team with unfulfilled promise. Shoot, they might just be the new Buffalo Bills for all we know.

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