So maybe Alex Smith will be our quarterback in 2011 after all. Does it reduce the chance we'll draft a quarterback with our first or second-round pick?
Not in the slightest. Despite Jim Harbaugh's shocking confession that, "I like (Alex) very much. I believe that Alex Smith can be a winning quarterback in the National Football League," there is no way the Niners aren't thinking about 2012—the year when even Harbaugh will have soured on Smith.
Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert will have had a year to learn from Alex Smith's mistakes (last poke, I promise), and will be in prime position to take over once and for all.
That is, if we draft a quarterback. There were more than a handful of non-quarterbacks at the combine who may have convinced Harbaugh to do otherwise.
Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara turned heads on the track, while Von Miller and Marcell Dareus wowed in the weight room.
Some performed so well that the Niners can forget landing them with the seventh overall pick (*cough cough* Patrick Peterson).
For better or worse, here is how San Francisco's prospects fared in this year's combine...