Niners are stronger long term

Stockpiled picks, recent first-rounders bolster SF's future over Seattle's

Updated: September 12, 2013, 3:35 PM ET
By Mike Sando and Matt Williamson |
ESPN Insider

Colin Kaepernick/Russell WilsonGetty ImagesBoth Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson will be surrounded by plenty of talent for years to come.

The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers entered this season Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings. The order flipped after both teams won their openers. These Super Bowl favorites from the NFC West can settle this debate on the field Sunday night in Seattle, but which one is better positioned for the long term?

ESPN.com's Matt Williamson and ESPN Insider Mike Sando provide answers in their Week 2 conversation.

Sando: It wasn't all that long ago, Matt, that you and I were calling the 49ers the better team and "one year ahead" of the Seahawks in their development. We both had the Seahawks as the NFL's top team coming into 2013, with the 49ers right behind. Let's shift this discussion to address the future and figure out which one of these teams has the brighter outlook. You go first.

Williamson: These teams would be my top two choices in the league. The one thing I like better about the Niners is that I would think their young core is stronger. Look at the draft. Seattle took a first-round pick this year and traded it for someone older than a rookie (Percy Harvin). The Niners had a ton of picks and accumulated some for next year. They added Eric Reid in the first round, Vance McDonald in the second and picked up what could be a 2014 second-rounder from Kansas City in the Alex Smith trade. I thought the 49ers traded for the future more than the Seahawks did, and they will have more draft resources going forward.


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