Print and Go Back ESPN.com: NFL Draft 2005 [Print without images]

Saturday, April 23, 2005
Fact or Fiction: NFL draft

ESPN.com

Everyone has opinions about the NFL draft so we've made four bold statements and asked a few of our ESPN and Insider experts -- Merril Hoge, Randy Mueller and Todd McShay -- to find out whether or not they believe the statements are Fact or Fiction.

On which side of the fence do they sit? Click on the links below for their answers.

QB Alex Smith was the best choice for the 49ers
Ronnie Brown will have the biggest impact among rookie runners
Mike Williams will have the best career among this year's WRs
CB Adam Jones was the best all-around defender in the draft

QB Alex Smith was the best choice for the 49ers
Randy Mueller
Fact: I think he's in the same group with Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and better than Philip Rivers. He's going into a West Coast offense that's led by new offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy and it's a lot of verbiage and a lot of memorization. It'll be difficult for him the next two years for two reasons. One, it's a difficult transition because it's so much to learn for a young guy. Two, he doesn't have any offensive playmakers to help him out so the fear will be that he might get broken over the next two years.
Merril Hoge
Fact: If their dying need was quarterback, then Smith was the best bet. He's an athlete and can throw on the run and make all the throws unlike Aaron Rodgers, who doesn't have the long ball in his arsenal. Rodgers' high completion percentage was misleading because the majority of his throws were under 10 yards and a quarterback can't get away with that in the NFL. Smith will be able to quickly make the transition from college to the NFL because he has the mental and the physical gifts.