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May 6, 2013
Go Alex Smith? KC's 2013 record will affect 49ers' 2014 draft


For 49ers fans this season, it's root, root, root for the home team ... and the team in Kansas City.

That's because the Chiefs' record will have a bearing on San Francisco's draft. As Peter King reported this morning in Sports Illustrated, the 49ers would get Kansas City's second-round pick in the 2014 draft if the Chiefs, who have one of the easiest schedules in the league this year, finish 8-8 or better. It drops to a third-round pick if the Chiefs finish below .500.

A pick in next year's draft was one of the conditions in the deal that sent quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City earlier this year. That deal also supplied the 49ers with a second-round pick in the most recent draft, which they used in a draft-day trade with the Tennessee Titans. The 49ers eventually took Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine in the second-round and also got Tennessee's third-round pick in 2014.

The Chiefs finished 2-14 last season and wound up with the top pick in the draft, which they used on offensive tackle Eric Fisher. Of course, if they finished poorly again in 2013, their third-round pick - which would go to the 49ers - would be high in the round. If they were better than .500, the pick that goes to San Francisco would be in the middle or back end of Round 2. The best case scenario for the 49ers: The Chiefs finish 8-8.

The 49ers are expecting 11 picks in the upcoming draft. They have seven of their own and one each in trades with Kansas City (Smith), Tennessee (draft-day trade) and Carolina (for safety Colin Jones). They also are expecting a compensatory pick after Dashon Goldson signed a big-money free-agent deal with the Buccaneers.

One thing to keep in mind: The Chiefs have one of the easiest schedules in the league based on last year's win-loss records. Then again, the other three teams in the AFC West have even softer schedules.

Strength of schedule based on opponents' winning percentage in 2012:

Carolina Panthers .543
Detroit Lions .539
New Orleans Saints .539
St. Louis Rams .539
Baltimore Ravens .535
Green Bay Packers .533
Arizona Cardinals .520
Miami Dolphins .520
San Francisco 49ers .520
Minnesota Vikings .516
Seattle Seahawks .516
Cincinnati Bengals .508
Jacksonville Jaguars .508
New England Patriots .508
Atlanta Falcons .504
Chicago Bears .502
Tampa Bay Buccaneers .500
Washington Redskins .498
New York Jets .496
Philadelphia Eagles .496
Cleveland Browns .492
Pittsburgh Steelers .492
Tennessee Titans .488
New York Giants .480
Dallas Cowboys .480
Buffalo Bills .473
Houston Texans .473
Kansas City Chiefs .473
Oakland Raiders 469
Indianapolis Colts .461
San Diego Chargers .457
Denver Broncos .430

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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