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Success for Alex Smith, Chiefs is Good News for 49ers

Former 49er can help old team with success for Chiefs.

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    The better Alex Smith, right, plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, the more it helps Colin Kaepernick's 49ers.

    Alex Smith is on a roll -- his Kansas City Chiefs have won their first three games of the season.

    And that's good news for the San Francisco 49ers, the much-maligned, then-redeemed quarterback's old team.

    With every win the former first overall pick racks up, the 49ers' odds of getting a better draft pick in 2014 increases, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    In exchange for Smith, the 49ers received a second round pick in the 2013 draft and a third-round pick in the 2014 draft.

    That third-round pick becomes a second-rounder, however, if the Chiefs win at least eight games.

    That sounded like a reach when the Chiefs finished 2-14 last year -- but Smith, who has yet to commit a turnover, is making it seem likely.