Aldon Smith   DE   Missouri

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


 

STRENGTHS

Aldon has good size and pass rushing skills to become an excellent 4-3 defensive end at the next level for the team that drafts him.  He shows very mature pass rushing techniques and has a quick burst off the line that includes a long-striding first step, which could cause left tackles at the next level problems all game long.  Aldon does a nice job using his arms to keep blockers away from his body when defending against the run.  He shows very good change of direction skills and balance when rushing the passer.  If his opponent does not get his hands on Aldon at the line of scrimmage on passing downs, Aldon will make him pay big time. 

 

CONCERNS

As usual for most college players, Aldon will have to get stronger and learn to continue his rush even after he engages at the line.  If he can show some linebacker skills at the combine, teams that play the 3-4 will look at him also, which might make him even more appealing.  However, right now I see him as a pure 4-3 defensive end.  This could cause him to drop just a bit on some teams' draft boards.

   

BOTTOM LINE

In the right system, Aldon could give you double digit sacks, but if he is used like he was at Missouri, all I can say is that that would be a disappointment.  His college team would use him as a 4-3 defensive end until third and long and then they would move him inside as a defensive tackle; unfortunately, that is not Aldon's impact position.  I guess his college team wanted to get as many pass rushers on the field as possible in pass rushing situations, but in doing this, they eliminated Aldon's ability to be included as a pass rusher by moving him inside.  I appreciate Aldon's talent and football maturity, but I'm convinced that unless a team drafts him high and commits to him as a pass rusher that Aldon will not have the impact his talents suggest that he should have. This kid needs to be drafted by the right team and put into the right defensive system that will showcase his skills.  If he is, then he should impact.  I would think that teams like the Lions, Rams and Buccaneers would be interested in Aldon.  If he shows some linebacker skills at the combine then of course more teams will be interested also.  Right now he reminds me of Mathias Kiwanuka (LB/DE - 1st round pick for the Giants in the 2006 draft).  When Mathias is on the field with his hand on the ground as a Defensive End in a 4-3, he impacts; however, when he is used as an OLB, he has less of an impact.  Aldon needs to have his hand on the ground in a 4-3 in order to make a significant impact.  It's just that simple.

 

 The BS Detector 

 Drew Boylhart    Feb/11