Our weekly look back is going to be getting a bit more draft-centric in the coming weeks. I've got some good stuff rounded up for us to laugh, cry, or hurl. This week, we get to relive arguably one of the biggest blunders in the history of the San Francisco 49ers. This is right up there with the organization "mutually parting ways" with Jim Harbaugh.
Why arguably? Because there's a lot of debate about how Aaron Rodgers would be out of the league right now if he went to San Francisco. The team was that bad.
And if I'm mentioning Rodgers and blunders in the same article that can mean we're only reliving one thing. Yep, it's the 2005 NFL draft and the 49ers first pick. Painful as it may be, I find the whole thing fascinating. The decisions, the arguments, the hindsight. Oh yeah, that's some hindsight.
This video is from a segment aired on the NFL network (I THINK), regarding Aaron Rodgers and getting passed over. There's a lot of Alex Smith in there, including his draft selection. I searched around for the first 30 minutes of the NFL draft, but of course the NFL won't stream past drafts, they just want them yanked down from YouTube.
So why did I choose this anyways? The 49ers may be involved in a 2015 version of this. There are some differences; the 49ers don't have the first pick for one thing, and the quarterback class may not be as stellar as the 2005 class (rarely it ever is until after the fact).
Next week we'll have something a bit less rage inducing. I've already cleaned out my email box for the hate and insults I'm about to receive.
It's been asked a hundred times...but what would have happened if Rodgers came to San Francisco?