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Aldon Smith
Round 1, Pick 7
Position: DE
Class:  3So
School: Missouri
Conference: Big 12
HT: 6-4.5
WT: 263
40 Time: 4.74
Biography: "Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors each of the last two years. Totals last year included 48/10/5.5, one interception and two pass break-ups. Played in 10 games, missing three games because of a fractured leg. Freshman totals included 64/19/11.5, earning him All-American honors."

Positives: "Explosive game-changing player with incredible upside. Athletic and very quick in all his actions. Immediately changes direction, displays speed out to the flanks and effective in pursuit. Flashes on the scene out of nowhere and plays with suddenness. Bends his knees, gets off the snap with a quick first step, and fires through the small openings of the offensive line. Plays assignment football, remains disciplined, and does more than just aimlessly rush up the field. Can drop off the line and make plays in space. Fluid moving in reverse."

Negatives: Lacks natural bulk and can be turned off the line by a single blocker on running downs. Must improve the use of his hands and do a better job using them to protect himself.

Analysis: "Smith arrived on the scene in 2009 and made an immediate impact in the Big 12 as one of the league?s better defenders. He possesses terrific size and growth potential and has the versatility to be used in a variety of positions. Smith is an athletic player who makes a tremendous amount of plays in the box and up the field, and he will quickly produce in the NFL for a creative defensive coordinator who puts him in positions to be successful."

Projection: 1st
Dennis Hubbard/ Icon SMI
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