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NFL 49ers Pick QB Smith With Top Draft Pick


The San Francisco Forty-Niners took quarterback Alex Smith from Utah with the first pick of the National Football League's annual draft in New York City.

Smith helped lead the Utah Utes to an unbeaten season as a junior, passing for 2,952 yards and 32 touchdowns with only four interceptions. The 49ers went 2-14 last season and picked first overall for the first time since 1964.

With the second pick, the Miami Dolphins picked Auburn running back Ronnie Brown. Brown totaled 913 yards on 153 carries and scored eight times for Auburn in 2004.

The Cleveland Browns had the third pick and took wide receiver Braylon Edwards from Michigan. The Chicago Bears picked Cedric Benson, a running back from the University of Texas, with the fourth pick. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the fifth pick to take running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams.

The order of the draft is based on a team's previous season win-loss record as well as any player trades which may have included specified draft picks.