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Can Chiefs Alex Smith Separate Himself From Other QBs Drafted in 2005

By Chris Malumphy

If Kansas City Chiefs fans compared the career record of newly acquired Alex Smith with the other quarterbacks drafted in 2005, they wouldn't necessarily feel very assured that the team was likely to improve. The career stats suggest that Jason Campbell, Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton are each slightly better than Smith and that Smith isn't all that much better than Ryan Fitzpatrick or even a career non-starter like Dan Orlovsky. That Cassel could be the equal of Smith must make those fans shiver since they've had the pleasure of watching him closely the past few seasons.

Career Statistics for Quarterbacks Drafted in 2005
Name Drafted
By
Round Pick Player College Att C Pct Yds Avg
Att
Avg
Comp
TD TD
Pct
Int Int
Pct
Sacked Pct
Sacked
Rating
Aaron RodgersPackers12424California2665175265.7216618.112.41716.4461.72117.3104.9
Jason CampbellRedskins12525Auburn2182132860.9146826.711.1763.5522.41536.682.5
Matt CasselPatriots716230USC2044120358.9134956.611.2824.0572.81607.380.4
Kyle OrtonBears45106Purdue2214129358.4146216.611.3813.7572.61325.679.7
Alex Smith49ers111Utah2177129059.3142806.611.1813.7632.91968.379.1
Ryan FitzpatrickRams736250Harvard2249133859.5143366.410.7924.1813.61446.076.8
Dan OrlovskyLions59145Connecticut47227658.529316.210.6143.0122.5295.876.0
Charlie FryeBrowns3367Akron67741961.941546.19.9172.5294.37910.469.7
Derek AndersonRavens639213Oregon State144076052.892066.412.1533.7553.8724.869.1
Andrew WalterRaiders3569Arizona State33317452.319195.811.030.9164.85113.352.6
David GreeneSeahawks32185Georgia                          
Stefan LeforsPanthers420121Louisville                          
Adrian McPhersonSaints516152Florida State                          
James KilianChiefs715229Tulsa                          

But if the fans only considered the past two years, Smith would fare considerably better. The question is, how much of Smith's improved play should be attributed to Jim Harbaugh and the system he implemented when he took over the 49ers versus Smith himself. And how well will Smith fare with the Chiefs under Andy Reid.

2011 and 2012 Statistics for Quarterbacks Drafted in 2005
Name Drafted
By
Round Pick Player College Att C Pct Yds Avg
Att
Avg
Comp
TD TD
Pct
Int Int
Pct
Sacked Pct
Sacked
Rating
Derek AndersonRavens639213Oregon State44100.05814.514.500.000.000.0145.8
Aaron RodgersPackers12424California105471467.789388.512.5848.0141.3877.6114.9
Alex Smith49ers111Utah66342664.348817.411.5304.5101.5689.395.1
Dan OrlovskyLions59145Connecticut20012663.012526.39.963.042.0146.582.3
Jason CampbellRedskins12525Auburn21613261.114356.610.983.762.8114.881.5
Ryan FitzpatrickRams736250Harvard107465961.472326.711.0484.5393.6524.681.0
Kyle OrtonBears45106Purdue26215960.718477.011.6103.893.4103.780.4
Matt CasselPatriots716230USC54632158.835096.410.9162.9213.8417.071.6

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