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Photo of Aldon Smith
Aldon Smith (DE)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    263 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    35 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Missouri
  • Conference:
    SEC
Featured Prospects

Selected by: San Francisco 49ers
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 7 (7)

Pick Analysis: Jim Harbaugh seeks to fortify the 49ers' defense by picking up an explosive pass rusher in Smith. Although it will take him some time to adjust to playing from an upright position, he gives them a legitimate rusher to bring off the edge. Of course, the quarterback situation remains a mystery, but the potential re-signing of Alex Smith allows the team to focus on retooling a defense that could lead to a run at the NFC West division crown.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.78 sec
  • Bench Press20.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump34.0 inch
  • Broad Jump118.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.19 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.5 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
Buzz

Overview

Smith has a chance to turn into a disruptive starting NFL 4-3 end if he can improve his strength and tenacity and become more stout against the run. He's got so much potential. He's a fluid, natural pass rusher who overcomes lack of excellent get-off with terrific hand usage, elite lateral-mobility, very good closing speed, and a strong desire to get to the quarterback. Provides some value maintaining outside contain, pursuing from the backside, and making plays outside of the box, but could struggle a bit against the downhill running game. Smith has steadily climbed his way into the first round.


Strengths

Smith has outstanding height and length to go along with good speed. Very smooth athlete for his size. Can get to the passer with a variety of moves, impressive agility, and fast hands. Can be disruptive against the run when he gets into the backfield. Has the range to make plays on the backside.

Weaknesses

Needs to add some bulk but has the frame to do so. Really needs to watch his pad level. Must improve his ability to anchor at the point of attack. Does not possesses elite initial burst for an edge player. Would like to see more sustained effort in run pursuit.

Grade

8.4

 

Video Playlist

  1. 49ers pick Aldon Smith No. 7

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 08:53 p.m.

    The 49ers select Missouri DE Aldon Smith with the seventh overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - DE Aldon Smith, Missouri

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 02:30 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith.

  3. 2011 combine workout: Aldon Smith

    Published: March 11, 2011 at 05:17 p.m.

    Watch Missouri DE Aldon Smith work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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