It's no secret the 49ers will be looking to trade Alex Smith this offseason. Two of the teams reportedly interested in Smith hold the top two picks in this years draft: the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars respectively. Both have just undergone some pretty serious regime changes and both have a glaring question mark at the Quarterback position. I think that this put the 49ers in a unique situation.
There is the possibility that San Francisco could trade Smith and their 31st overall pick for the 1st or 2nd overall. This situation, I feel, is ideal for both sides. The Niners move from the bottom to the top of the draft and have their pick of the litter of blue chip defensive lineman (Lotulelei, Moore, Werner.) My Personal pick would be Star Lotulelei out of Utah. He's a big, versatile guy who provides an anchor on the D-line for years to come. The Chiefs or Jaguars would get their starting QB for at least the next two years (assuming they don't sign Smith to an extension) and only slide back 30 or 29 spaces respectively, where they should still find good talent at their need positions (which also tend to fall along the defensive line.)
It's debatable if the move is worth it for the 49ers considering that they could stand pat at #31 and do just fine, but in a year where the team already has a stock pile of draft picks and is coming off a Superbowl appearance, I think the jump is well worth the price. The added bonus for San Francisco is that both the Jags and Chiefs are in the AFC so they wouldn't have to go through Smith on their way back to the Superbowl.
I guess my primary basis for this article was the thought that the Chiefs were considering using the #1 overall pick on Geno Smith (as a fair amount of mock drafts suggest.) Geno is a reach that early so it seemed logical that if getting a competent QB was the Chiefs #1 need they could make this deal with the 49ers, answer the QB question and still have a draft pick in the 1st.