And Gibson was a life long QB, Campbell/Wilson/Samuel life long RBs, and so on. Of course Smith needs a bit more time to get them ready to play at an elite level.
Noah Brown was a true WR and was pretty much set to start last year before his injury. We will see how KJ Hill works out this year with a year under his belt, and Austin Mack, etc. We are starting to get more true WRs in our recruiting classes now, rather than trying to convert superb athletes to H-back or WR. Michael Thomas seems to have progressed very well under Smith's supervision.
Gotta give the guy some slack when he's starting from scratch, in terms of becoming a top tier WR, with many of the guys at his position group.