Aldon Smith scouting report

Aldon Smith DE Missouri
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 258

Strengths:
Elite athlete for his size. A quick, shifty player who can slide through gaps in the offensive line to get into the backfield consistently. Quick off the snap; an elite edge rusher. Excellent speed for a lineman, capable of making plays in pursuit. Some experience dropping into zone coverage.
Weaknesses:
Suffered a broken leg in 2010. Limited experience; only a redshirt sophomore. Tall and lanky; doesn’t have a great build but does have the frame to add weight. Lacks the strength, specifically lower body strength, to hold up at the point of attack against the run. Gets engulfed by bigger, more physical run-blocking lineman.
Comments:
Smith has as much upside as anyone in this year’s class due to his size and athleticism. He’s a candidate to switch to outside linebacker in a 3-4 system, or he could stay at end in a 4-3, making him attractive to all 32 teams. The potential is there for him to develop into the next Terrell Suggs. However, he isn’t nearly as strong as Suggs at this point in his career, and early on Smith will be a liability against the run. He isn’t an every-down player at this point, which limits his immediate value, but if he falls into the second half of the 1st round or into the 2nd round he could be a steal. He’s a boom-or-bust prospect, its just a matter of when you’re willing to take the risk.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

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