Niners Nation Flag Football Draft: Wes' Seventh and Final Pick

While I didn't get all the players that I wanted, my plan in general worked out really well for this draft. I was able to draft excellent amounts of speed and athleticism on both sides of the ball while favoring the offensive side, which is superior in flag football. Having Vernon Davis, Ted Ginn Jr., Kendall Hunter, and Frank Gore on the offense will lead to all sorts of problems for Team Fooch. And, on defense, Patrick Willis and Carlos Rogers are the exact type of people who can shut down an offense. I have a well-balanced team, and all I need now is a QB.

But this was the plan all along: draft a QB with the last pick. Stock up on all the talent I could get earlier in the draft because there was no way I wouldn't be able to draft either Colin Kaepernick or Alex Smith at the end. Having more than one QB on a team that needs every player to play both ways is a recipe for disaster.

So, without further ado, with my final pick (oh the irony!), I will draft Alex Smith, QB.

Offense

While initially I had Colin just a bit higher on my draft board, if he were still available I think I would still pick Alex here. The more I think about it, the more it's clear that Alex is still the better QB. Colin does have some serious speed, but Alex is likewise an incredibly skilled rusher. I think he will be able to pick up large chunks of yardage on his legs if the defense vacates the field or does some sort of blitz deal. And on the passing front, there shouldn't be any debate. Alex is a much better passer. Even in shorts, during training camps and seven-on-seven drills, he plays a better QB. The guy is more accurate and has a rapport with Vernon, Hunter, Gore, and Ginn.

Defense

On defense, I anticipate that Alex will play a sort of free safety deal, or maybe some coverage. The fact of the matter is that both QBs in this game are going to be defensive liabilities. Both men are tall, fast, and athletic, but they have also been coddled as QBs for years. They probably have not done any drills that work on footwork outside of QB-ing stuff. I just don't see either man playing a successful defensive position. The idea will be to mitigate that weakness. Covering the guy who just isn't a good offensive player will be big. Maybe playing a free roaming safety type of guy who can go up for the occasional jump ball. That will be Alex's deal.

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