Long ago, Alex Smith was once the first overall draft pick of 2005 by the San Francisco 49ers. After spending eight seasons with the team through ups and downs, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs which still has future implications through 2015 at the earliest.
This trade has become a gift that keeps on giving due to the 49ers trading down multiple times in both the 2013 and 2014 draft. They received a second round pick in 2013 and a conditional third round pick in 2014 which became a second after the Chiefs won the minimal eight games last season.
Here is what the 49ers acquired in exchange for Alex Smith:
1. DL Tank Carradine (2013, second round, No. 40 overall)
2. OLB Corey Lemonier (2013, third round, No. 88 overall)*
3. RB Carlos Hyde (2014, second round, No. 57 overall)
4. LB Chris Borland (2014, third round, No. 77 overall)
5. A fourth round pick from the Denver Broncos in 2015.
*Lemonier was partially acquired, see note below.
Here are some notes in how the 49ers ended up with each player:
-The 49ers traded down the 34th overall pick acquired from Kansas City in 2013 to the Tennessee Titans for a second-round pick (No. 40 overall), a seventh-round pick (No. 216 overall) and a fourth-round pick in 2014 (No. 77 overall). The Titans used this selection to take WR Justin Hunter.
-*The Seventh round pick (No. 216 overall) acquired from Tennessee was used to trade up five spots for Corey Lemonier at No. 88 overall with the Green Bay Packers. The Packers would eventually trade down and the Miami Dolphins used the No. 93 overall pick to select CB Will Davis. Green Bay selected WR Charles Johnson with the seventh round pick (No. 216 overall).
-The 49ers traded down in the 2014 NFL Draft in the second round (No. 56 overall) and seventh round pick (No. 242 overall) to the Denver Broncos for second round (No. 63 overall), fifth round (No. 171 overall) and fourth round pick in 2015. The Broncos selected WR Cody Latimer with the No. 56 overall pick. They also selected LB Corey Nelson with the 242nd overall pick.
-The 49ers immediately traded those picks (No. 63 overall and No. 171 overall) acquired from Denver to trade up one spot (No. 57 overall) with the Miami Dolphins for RB Carlos Hyde. The 49ers had their own second round pick (No. 61 overall) and had the flexibility to trade that pick down which was eventually used to select C Marcus Martin (3rd round) and LB Aaron Lynch (5th round). They gave up the seventh round pick (242 overall) and it was flipped for a pick that ended up being Lynch. The Dolphins would select WR Jarvis Landry No. 63 overall) with their second round pick. With the 171st overall draft pick, Miami would take LB Jordan Tripp.