Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/25/13
"With the first selection in the 2005 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Alex Smith, quarterback, Utah."It has been seven seasons since former commissioner Paul Tagliabue stood at the podium and announced Alex Smith as the first-overall pick of the draft. The 49ers had high hopes that Smith would be their next franchise quarterback, after throwing 32 touchdowns and only four interceptions in his Junior season at Utah.Smith has had an up and down career to this point -- the high point came in 2011 when he led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game and the low point came this past season when he was benched in place of second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick after suffering a concussion against the Rams.During Smith's time in San Francisco, he has had to deal with four head coaches (Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary, Jim Tomsula and Jim Harbaugh) and multiple offensive coordinators (Mike McCarthy, Norv Turner, Jim Hostler, Mike Martz, Singletary and Greg Roman).Granted, their is turnover each year in the league, but Smith has had to overcome a lot of change in his young career. He performed his best under Turner and Harbaugh, making many people believe that he is a system guy and that he will fail if not in the right system.Through his first seven seasons, Smith has compiled a record of 38-36-1, including a 19-5-1 record the past two seasons. It is his performance over the past two seasons that makes him the most coveted quarterback available.Even though Smith isn't a free agent this season, he will be moving from the Bay area. The 49ers are moving forward with Kaepernick and they aren't about to pay Smith $8.5 million to be a back-up. Harbaugh has said that he will do what is right by Smith and trade him to a team to compete for the starting job.Over the weekend, CBS Sports reporter Jason LaCanfora reported that the 49ers have all but finalized a deal to trade Smith, but they didn't say which team would be getting his services. The new NFL season doesn't start until March 12, so they will need to wait until then to trade him.So, who is this mystery team in the waiting? All signs are pointing to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs finished 2012 with a 2-14 record and are in desperate need of a quarterback to replace Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn.The Chiefs brought Andy Reid in to be the head coach and Smith would fit into his West Coast system perfectly. The Chiefs have talent on both sides of the ball and with a solid quarterback, they should be able to compete in a weak AFC West division and challenge the defending division champion Denver Broncos.If Smith does get traded to Kansas City, he will get the opportunity to compete against Peyton Manning twice. Manning was the opposing quarterback when Smith made his first career start back in 2005. In that game, Smith completed just 9 of 23 passes for 74 yards and threw four interceptions.Do you think he remembers that game? Likely, it is somewhere in the back of his battle-tested psyche, but he will have an entirely new cast of players surrounding him to take on Manning and the Broncos.Smith will have Jamaal Charles to hand the ball to and Dwayne Bowe to throw the ball to if he goes to the Chiefs, but they will need to improve their o-line if they want him to be successful. By bringing in Smith, they will be able to focus on the o-line in this year's draft.Many mock drafts have the Chiefs taking offensive tackle Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M with the first-overall pick. Joeckel has been ranked as the best lineman in the upcoming draft. With the addition of Smith at quarterback and a stud offensive lineman like Joeckel, the Chiefs would automatically be much improved over last season.So now the waiting game begins. See you March 12 when the new season officially starts... 
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