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DraftInsiders.com All-Rookie Team - 49er's Aldon Smith Scouting Report Yearbook 2011

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DraftInsiders.com 2011 All-Rookie Team

Photo - LB Aldon Smith - 49ers (Missouri)

Offensive Rookie of the Year - QB Cam Newton - Panthers
Defensive Rookie of the Year - LB Aldon Smith - 49ers

Aldon Smith - Scouting report from Draft Insiders' 2011 Yearbook below

2011 All-Rookie Team
Offense
Quarterback
Cam Newton - Panthers

Running Backs
DeMarco Murray - Cowboys
Mark Ingram - Saints

Wide Receivers
A.J. Green - Bengals
Julio Jones - Falcons

Tight End
Kyle Rudolph - Vikings

Center
Mike Pouncey - Dolphins

Guards
Stefen Wisniewski - Raiders
Danny Watkins – Eagles

Offensive Tackles
Tyron Smith - Cowboys
Nate Solder - Patriots

Defense
Defensive Ends
J.J. Watt - Texans
Adrian Clayborn - Bucs

Defensive Tackles
Marcell Dareus - Bills
Phil Taylor - Browns

Linebackers
Aldon Smith - 49ers
Von Miller - Broncos
Ryan Kerrigan - Redskins

Cornerbacks
Patrick Peterson - Cardinals
Jimmy Smith - Ravens

Safeties
Joe Lefeged - Colts
Chris Harris - Broncos

Specialists
Placekicker
Dan Bailey - Cowboys

Punter
Matt Bosher - Falcons

Punt Returner
Patrick Peterson - Cardinals

Kickoff Returner
Randall Cobb - Packers

Aldon Smith - scouting report from Draft Insiders' 2011 Yearbook
* Aldon Smith #85 - 6’5” 265 lbs. - Missouri - Sp. 4.75 Rating 92
Hindu Theory - Demarcus Ware

Imposing athletic junior defensive end declared for the NFL Draft after a career that featured numerous big plays on the outside the past two seasons. Aldon has freakish athletic ability and actually has the movement skills of a 240 lb. athlete rather than a 265 lb defender. He is coming off a strong short two-year career in the Big 12 where he earned first team honors each season. He is a blue chip athlete who runs very well and has developed into a terrific edge rusher that allowed him to make impact plays from his first season with the Tigers. He is a tall angular defender with very strong hands and the athleticism to play both up and down off the edge to fit either pro scheme. He is the rare defender in that he can be an impact defender both up as an attack linebacker or down as a weakside end in a 4-3 alignment. Most tweener types do not rank high in both schemes and most actually fail as pros in either or both defensive sets. He is a quick twitch defender with the initial burst of speed on the snap to be a major disruptive force off the edge. He plays with a high motor and combined with his excellent athleticism ranks him among the premier defenders in this blue chip crop of defensive linemen. He has a long wiry frame with surprising strength and good technique to be a consistent factor as a pass rusher, though he needs some hand development and overall strength work to realize his full potential. He has developed a sudden first step off the edge that wins early on the down where his explosive speed is difficult to contain. He has been a major force the past two seasons, showing big play ability along with very good football intelligence and instincts to be a consistent playmaker. Despite his incredible size, he is an athlete that fits the classic tweener role with equal ability to fit both schemes and perform at a high level. He has the talent to be an impact defender in both pro schemes that gives his club a very unique defender to change alignments often and on the clock to create many favorable mismatches. He is an excellent fit as an edge pass rusher in the 4-3 set where his quick feet and hands help him get up the field quickly and run the arc. Over his final season, he made 48 tackles, 10 TFL, 1 forced fumble, 2 PBU and 5.5 sacks, earning 1st team Big 12 honors while playing through a leg injury that cost him three games. In ’09, he started 11 of 13 games while recording 64 tackles with 19 TFL, 11.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR and 5 PBU that earned him first team Big 12 honors. He displays the big play ability off the edge to attack the passer and be an early difference maker once he settles into the right position and scheme. He is best suited for the four-man front and weakside end spot where his combination of speed and power are ideal fits. He is a very good athlete that has natural pass rush ability that will warrant a probable top 12-15 selection. He shows further growth potential without losing his speed or his explosiveness to be an end in a 4-3 scheme. He has an athletic frame with the ability to carry 280 lbs. well that will help him to stack at the POA vs big tackles. He holds the edge well enough to stretch the play out with the top speed to make plays at the sidelines. He can have a hard time getting off blocks at the POA at times when over big tackles and needs additional hand technique development to improve his ability to separate. He has very quick and strong hands that get a powerful initial strike to gain a fast advantage with the long arms and reach to keep blockers off his body. He has the footwork to move laterally with the ability to change directions fast and counter inside. He has very good speed, showing the pursuit skills to make plays on the perimeter and the ability to drop in coverage despite limited experience in that role. He has the primary asset to be a difference maker in his ability is to get to the QB with the upside to be a major impact defender. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at over 6’4” and 263 lbs with 353/8” arms. He did 20 reps and ran a fine 4.82 time with a 34” VJ and a 9’10” BJ in a strong performance. He is similar to DeMarcus Ware and Willie McGinest in size, AA and upside potential. This is a blue chip prospect with Pro Bowl type skills, especially from a speed standpoint and functional strength numbers. With his hand on the ground, he may best resemble Ware and equally fast off the edge. Athlete with well-developed pass rushing skills and capable of being a pro impact performer. He will be a hot prospect for many teams, but especially clubs like the 49ers, Texans, Rams and Lions. He has excellent upside potential to become an early starter in a 4-3 set. Fast rising premier prospect with impact ability and early Pro Bowl talent.
Draft Projection: 1st Round