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Published: Thursday, March 27 2014 10:45 p.m. MDT

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Marked it Down
Park City, UT

"2005 NFL draft do-over: Would Alex Smith still be first overall pick?"

Are you kidding?

Sandy , UT

Who cares

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

That's like asking if the 1984 football championship could have a "do-over" (using current factors of determining the champion) would BYU be considered the national champions?

Layton, UT

I wonder why the DN would publish this...?

Alex is currently the 7th ranked NFL quarterback and Aaron is 12th.

It would be interesting to see a redo of the 2011 NBA draft.

Pocatello, ID

It would be interesting to see what number 1 picks over the years would have panned out, or history would say they merited the #1 pick.

It would also be interesting to see what would have happened if Smith and Rodgers had switched situations. I don't think any rookie would have succeeded in the situation that Smith was in, but, over the past 3 seasons he has settled in nicely to be a very good quarterback, and teaming up with Reid is probably the best thing that could have happened to him.

In general, I think taking a QB in the #1 spot is risky because the pieces aren't around him to succeed. There is a reason why that team has the number one pick, it's usually because they are terrible, and in some cases, almost completely devoid of talent and good coaching.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Had Alex not gone number one then there'd be a decent chance he'd have won a super bowl or two with the Packers.
Funny thing about going number one, you spend the next 6 years running for your life because your team is clearly the worst in the entire league.
Aaron Rodgers has been made out to be a hero, yet he had a great team and organization to go to and had some time to get accustomed to the league before he was thrown out onto the field.

Lincoln City, OR

no... lol.

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah

That's like asking if the 1944 NCAA championship could have a "do-over" (using current factors of determining who is invited to the Big Dance). Would a Utah team that only beat two college teams - Idaho State and Colorado College - during the entire regular season even get a sniff from the NCAA selection committee?

Salt Lake City, UT


"I wonder why the DN would publish this...?

I wonder why Utah fans are so thin-skinned when it comes to discussing any topic that might call into question their own perceived greatness?

History has proven that Alex Smith was not the best player in the 2005 NFL draft.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It seems others, like myself, thought this was a highly unusual and meaningless question. It's like asking if the 2011 basketball draft were to have a "do-over" would the collegiate player of the year be drafted in any round?

Baltimore, MD

"Alex is currently the 7th ranked NFL quarterback and Aaron is 12th."

Gotta laugh at the selective stats Utah fans come up with.

Aaron Rogers has an NFL career regular season passer rating of 104.9 and a post-season rating of 103.1.

Alex Smith has an NFL career passer rating of 81.0. Alex Smith's best season, 104.1 in only 10 games played in 2012, isn't as good as Aaron Roger's regular season rating in 94 games played.


Aaron Rogers is a Super Bowl MVP with a 5-4 record in the playoffs.

Alex Smith has only won ONE playoff game during his entire career and has a losing 1-2 record in the playoffs.

deductive reasoning
Arlington, VA

Why are Utah fans so desperately trying to change the topic?

Are they afraid that by discussing the topic that all of their "#1 draft pick" chest beating for the last decade will be exposed as far less meaningful than they pretend it to be?

btw, you can argue how successful Aaron Rogers would have been with the 49ers, but it's clear from the overall records of Alex and Aaron, that Rogers is a markedly better quarterback than Smith. Let's not forget that after his best season ever, the 49ers replaced Alex with Kapernick.

Anaheim, CA

Alex may still have a great NFL career, but it remains to be seen whether he'll ever surpass Rogers as the best QB in the 2005 NFL draft.

Provo, UT

I was hoping that the chiefs would win last year because of Andy Reid but i'm glad that they lost, just because we wouldn't hear the end of it from the utah fans.

Salt Lake City, UT

Alex Smith had a very good season against a mediocre schedule in 2004 - Utah only beat three teams with winning records during the regular season, none better than 7-5.

He didn't receive any national individual awards in college - no Heisman, no Davey O'Brien, and no Sammy Baugh awards.

And, as history has shown, he wasn't the best player in the 2005 NFL draft, despite being picked #1.

Alex was and is the best QB ever to play at the U, but his accomplishments fall far short of BYU's quarterback greats.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Bucky Brooks?


An HOF CB/KR/WR 4 year career player surely represents the gold standard for something...

Cheap shot articles at NFL players whose helmet he is not qualified to hold?


A DN selected article impuning the career of the speaker at the 2014 U of U Commencement?

No way...

The DN would never do something like that...

BTW: the Bills have quietly wondered the same do-over thing about their 2nd pick in the 1994 draft...

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Really DNews? Is this really a news worthy article? This looks to me like something just to fill space or slam the U of U. Hind sight is always 20/20. You can't go back and trying to do so is only speculation. Aaron Rogers and Alex Smith went to totally different situations with teams in completely different positions. Rogers went to a veteren team at the top of it's game and was mentored for severaly years before being put into the starting role. Alex Smith went to a struggling team who's O line couldn't protect him and he had no mentoring at all, until he finally got a coach who knew how to work with QB's. Since then he's done very well both at San Francisco and at KC. Most NFL experts have even said that QB's thrown right in as starters in the NFL out of college struggle. The most successful QB's over the long haul are brought up more slowly.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

This is confusing DN, today "NO." Back then, big mistake, no, he should have never been drafted early. And not with my favorite team 49ers. Was he betther than Jimmy Mac, Steve Young or Ty Dtemer, no way! But he could have been drafted in the middle of 3rd round.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

He would of won the hiesman now because he would be more prestegous because he would be in the PAC 10 now and that would make him #1 and prestegous now.

Go Utes!

Salt Lake City, UT

There You Go Again

"A DN selected article impuning the career of the speaker at the 2014 U of U Commencement?"

Since when are the careers of U of U commencement speakers considered sacrosanct?

I recall the DN writing a very complimentary article about Alex Smith's generosity to the U only a short while ago.

Establishing foundations and giving community service, however, don't necessarily correlate with on-the-field success.

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