I think the question should be rephrased and it would have made a bit more sense to everyone. Correct me if I'm worng but I think the questions he's asking is... Should the "new Recruit" have been Hot Rod instead of Smokescreen? I think the current personality of Smokescreen fits better with who we know Hot Rod to be. The fact the he may get the Matrix and become a prime, also gives more of a Hot Rod trait. To be honest, I don't think Smokscreen has been developed enough to be inconsideration to receive any type of leadership role. Cheetor had to go through 4 seasons to have neough growth in order to become a leader. So to answer your question, if I'm understanding it correctly, yes Hot rod would have been a better fit instead of Smokescreen.