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Class of 2005: Alex Smith vs. Aaron Rodgers

November 19, 2009 by  
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By Rob Demovsky, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Nov. 19th, 2009

Back in his college days, Alex Smith used to get confused for Aaron Rodgers.

Few would mistake them now. 

Whatever slight physical resemblance they might bear, their NFL careers look almost nothing alike. The two are forever linked because they came out the same year, in the 2005 draft, when the San Francisco 49ers made Smith the No. 1 pick. That then triggered a free fall by Rodgers to No. 24, where the Green Bay Packers picked him.

Classic Draft Blunder: The 49ers made the common mistake of overrating size when choosing Smith over Rodgers in the 2005 draft, which was a gift to the Packers in the end

Classic Draft Blunder: The 49ers made the common mistake of overrating size when choosing Smith over Rodgers in the 2005 draft, which was a gift to the Packers in the end

 

The five years since have treated them much differently.

Smith went to a bad team, started immediately, struggled, dealt with shoulder injuries in 2007 and 2008, and then opened the 2009 season — one in which he had his fifth offensive coordinator in five seasons — as a backup to Shaun Hill. Smith replaced Hill halfway through the Oct. 25 game against Houston and started the next three games, going 1-2.

Though Smith has been given a second chance, it’s unclear whether he’ll ever be a franchise quarterback.

Meanwhile, Rodgers, who endured an agonizing wait on draft day and rode the bench for the first three years of his pro career, has established himself as the Packers’ quarterback of the future. 

Who knows what would have happened had Rodgers been picked first and been thrust into the same situation as Smith, and whether Smith would have fared better had he been able to ease his way into a starting job like Rodgers did. 

“It happened, and we’ve taken different paths,” Smith said Wednesday in advance of Sunday’s game between the Packers and 49ers at Lambeau Field. “Here we are meeting up five years later.”  Full story here

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