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Smith expected to compete for starting job

Updated: April 23, 2005, 3:46 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Five minutes before commissioner Paul Tagliabue made the announcement, Alex Smith got the call he had been anticipating for weeks. The San Francisco 49ers had decided he was No. 1.

After nearly four months of evaluations, trade talks and one wacky workout in Salt Lake City, the 49ers selected Smith with the top pick in Saturday's draft. Though coach Mike Nolan didn't rule out the possibility of trading the rights to the still-unsigned Utah quarterback, both ...

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