Inside Free Agency: Day 3

A look at the most interesting players available in 2013

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The crazy time of year that is free agency is fast approaching, so KCChiefs.com has you covered with a 30-day free agency look, highlighting the 30 most intriguing free agents or players who could be released/traded during the offseason.

You may have noticed, there are no restricted free agents on the list, largely because they rarely leave their current teams. None of the reports are indicative of the Chiefs plans for the 2013 free agency season.

Day 3 of 30:

Name: Alex Smith

Position: QB

Height: 6-4

Weight: 217

College: Utah

Born: May 7, 1984 (Seattle, Washington)

Age: 28

Experience: 7 years (Smith missed the 2008 season with a broken bone in his right shoulder)

Drafted: 2005, 1st Round-1st pick overall by San Francisco 49ers

Smith just completed his seventh NFL season, including 75 starts in 80 games, but according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Smith will likely be playing elsewhere next season.

Regardless of the team that signs Alex Smith, let's look at some of his notable strengths and weaknesses.

STRENGTHS:
You'll be hard-pressed to find many people who won't acknowledge the maturity and leadership skills of Alex Smith, exemplified during the course of his most impressive season to date (per 104.1 QB rating). However, Smith's successful 2012 campaign as starting QB ended after suffering a Week 10 concussion, when he was hit by St. Louis Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar. He didn't play again after being cleared by team doctors, until the team's Week 17 win against the Arizona Cardinals

Smith expressed frustration about not getting to play, but he's a pro, that's what's expected of a leader. Nonetheless, Smith continued to wear the ball cap instead of the helmet and helped mentor Colin Kaepernick to a Super Bowl XLVII contending season, which fell short to the Ravens 34-31.

Accuracy

Alex Smith may soon have the nickname of Mr. Efficiency; check out his pass completions/attempts during 2012:

Week 1: 20-26
Week 2: 20-31
Week 3: 24-35
Week 4: 12-21
Week 5: 18-24
Week 6: 19-30
Week 7: 14-23
Week 8: 18-19
Bye week
Week 10: 7-8 (including 1 TD before Smith left the game with a concussion)
Week 17: 1-1 (during a victory back-up role against the Arizona Cardinals)

Of the 218 total pass attempts, Smith completed 153 throws (long of 55 yards) for a 70.2% completion percentage. He threw for 1,737 yards, 13 TDs and five INTs. You don't earn numbers like Smith's without being a smart decision-maker.

Dealing with change is another of Alex Smith's strengths. The Seattle, WA native has played for four different head coaches in his eight years with the 49ers (Mike Nolan-2005-08, Mike Singletary-2008-2010, Jim Tomsula-2010 and current head coach Jim Harbaugh-2011-present).

Former 49ers teammate safety Madieu Williams says Smith is a "great locker room guy, a leader, guy that commands the huddle."

WEAKNESSES:

Smith hasn't been known to throw the deep ball well, which recently has been attributed to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh getting the ball out of his hands quickly, with short-step drops. Smith's longest completion in 2012 was 55 yards.

Aside from the concussion suffered in 2012, Smith sustained a broken bone in his right shoulder in 2005.

FINAL TAKE:

Alex Smith has been efficient for two-straight seasons, likely enough on its own to gauge interest from other clubs.

Perhaps more importantly though, Smith has "it", the attitude and drive of a leader, required of any successful QB in the league.

In 2011, Smith threw for 3,150 yards and 17 TDs with only five INTs last year as San Francisco went 13-3 to win its first division title since 2002. The former #1 pick also doesn't disappear on the road and shows up in big games. He was 6-2 on the road and won four of those games in comeback fashion -- rallying his team from behind five times in all, not to mention a 36-32 victory against the favored Saints in the NFC divisional playoffs. He completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to 49ers TE Vernon Davis with nine seconds left to win.

YOUR THOUGHTS ON ALEX SMITH?

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