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Prospect Profiles, (Not Another DE!): DE Aldon Smith, Missouri

Columbia Tribune

 If you’re intested in potential free agents of the Giants you can click here for the available linebackers. And here for Offensive linemen and cornerbacks.

I don’t think the Giants will draft another defensive end, but if Mathias Kiwanuka can not play this year, or if he decides for some reason that the neck injury is something he doesn’t want to risk and retires (not likely, but possible)

or if the Giants just can’t contain themsleves I’m going to do a prospect profile on Defensive End Aldon Smith, the most physically gifted Defensive End in this draft (well one of, Robert Quinn is also a very good talent).

(When people talk about them the person they will compare to him athletically is Jason Pierre Paul), but he was more productive than Jason Pierre Paul, which should tell you how fast this guy is going to shoot up the boards.

Measurables

6-5, 260 p0unds

Numbers will be posted after combine

Stats

Career: 112 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 16 sacks (in 23 games).

2010 (he missed three games); 48 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks

Big Games:

vs Illinois 3 tackles for loss, 10 tackles, 2 sacks

Vs Oklahoma 2 tackles

@ Nebraska 1 tackle for loss 4 tackles

@ Iowa 4 tackles

Video

The first video is from when he played vs Illnois (when he had a huge game). What is nice about this video is that you can watch Aldon Smith, as well as Mikel LeShoure (A RB from Illnois who might be the second best running back in the draft, and might even get drafted as the first rb if he has some big pre-draft workouts.

Keep in mind though this was his BEST game this season (he was utterly dominant) so I’ll try to find some other video where he isn’t as impressive.

The second video is from prodraft party

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Scouting Reports

Sideline Scouting

Positives: Very solid pass rusher… Explosive… Great first step… Good snap instincts… Good bend on the corner… Quick… Good agility… Good length and long arms… Will affect passing lanes when he cannot reach the quarterback… Penetrates… Good arsenal of moves… Very solid swim move… Solid drops in coverage… Closes quickly… Can be used on defensive line stunts… Plays well in space… Solid against the run… Makes plays in the backfield… Good change of direction agility… Good tackler… Good mobility… Gets to the ball carrier… Stays active… Hard worker… Good motor… Relentless… Has the frame to add 10-12 lbs… 11.5 sacks, 19 TFL and 64 tackles in 2009 (as redshirt freshman), named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and was a Freshman All-American… Has a lot of potential, has only been playing football since he was a junior in high school… Selected All-Big 12 second team for the 2009 season.

Negatives: Lacks strength and bulk… Does not appear to have much man-muscle yet… Pass rush tendencies will become predictable… Needs to work on hand technique… Can be washed out sometimes against the run… A bit of a tweener, would project as an rush linebacker for a 3-4 team… Fractured fibula sidelined him for three games this season.

The Scouting Database

This website is from a 14 year old scout (pretty polished writer actually for 14). Just interesting to read what he wrote, here’s what he wrote about Aldon Smith, and it’s actually not a bad site. check it out. Here were his most underrated prospects  last year: Honorable Mention: Antonio Brown, Alterraun Verner, Jimmy Graham, Pat Angerer, Eric Decker, Sean Lee, Jamar Chaney, and Demariyus Thomas (went in the first round). Angerer (went in second round), Antonio Brown and Jamar Chaney have shown potential, so not bad.

Here is a shocking statistic: in 2009, 6 BCS players got at least 60 tackles and 11 sacks: Ndamukong Suh, Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, Wisconsin end O’Brien Schoefield, Purdue end Ryan Kerrigan, Oklahoma end Jeremy Beal, and … Missouri Redshirt Freshman end Aldon Smith? Yep, it’s true. Aldon Smith was the most productive Freshman in the NCAA last season, and I think the most underrated player in the FBS (though not the most underrated draft prospect).

What makes Smith so special and so productive is his swim move. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Smith uses his swim move more effectively than every defender in the FBS. He does it with outstanding quickness and suddenness, he has long arms that help him separate from lineman, and he always uses the move with excellent form. Also, in general, he uses his hands brilliantly to separate from lineman. It’s his use of his hands that makes him so special.

 He possesses excellent height, but he could afford to add 10lbs of bulk, but he has solid athleticism (in football pads, but he runs a mediocre 40). Because he is so young, he still needs to mature out physically, but by the end of the year or so I expect he will bring good athleticism to the table. I am yet to see Smith really use the bull rush (the only Missouri game I’ve gotten to see this offseason was last year’s Border Showdown against Kansas,) so I doubt he has much strength

Overall, I am amazed with Smith’s use of the swim move and how well Missouri’s coaching staff rotates him throughout the line. Smith has been so productive at the college level that he might leave for the draft; especially considering how staying in school if you are a polished defensive end doesn’t tend to pan out very well (see: George Selvie). Smith is a great player, and I think he will be very successful at the NFL level.

NFL Comparison: Kyle Vanden Bosch, with less bulk

National Football Post

 tall, extremely long-armed defensive lineman with an athletic-looking frame and impressive explosion in all areas of his game. Possesses natural bend when asked to sit into his stance, coils up well and consistently takes a positive first step off the line and does a nice job keeping his pad level down off the football. Is a bit inconsistent extending his arms into blocks when run at and at times seems content to simply drop his shoulder and drive his way toward the football. However, seems to really have good instincts when asked to find the football and is very violent with his arms when asked to shed blocks.

Is a gifted pass rusher who fires off the snap quickly and has a real savvy about his game getting after the quarterback. Plays from both a three- and four-point stance and does a great job quickly getting into the pad level of opposing linemen in the bull rush and initially driving them into the backfield. Allows his pad level to rise, which negates some of his strength when trying to finish, but is long enough to shed

Also, is a bear to block inside as a down defensive tackle, played some three-technique and has the first step to shoot gaps inside, but it’s his lateral suddenness and length that allows him to consistently slip blocks inside and accelerate toward the quarterback.

Missed some time in 2010 with a fractured fibula in a non-weight bearing bone in his leg and will need to check out medically.

Impression: A downright dominant defensive lineman with an impressive physical skill set and great length. Showcases impress savvy, fluidity and violence as a pass rusher and should be able to further develop in the run game and mature into a potential Pro Bowl-caliber NFL defensive lineman.

Big Board (2/1)

national football post 8th overall

Drafttek.com 16th overall

ESPN Scouts INC 21st

Mockingthedraft.com 9th

Footballfanspot 15th

Where the Mocks Have Him Falling (as of 2/1)

Walterfootball.com 1st round pick #11 Houston Texans

Footballfanspot.com 1st round pick #11 Houston Texans

CBS Draft Sports Rob Rang 1st round pick #18 San Diego Chargers

CBS Draft Sports Chad Reuter 1st round pick #17 New England Patriots

Drafttek.com 1st round pick #30 New York Jets

Bartolis Final Thought

Aldon Smith is a very talented and veyr productive collegeiate player who has a high ceiling in the N.F.L. Smith should have a tremendous pre-draft workout campaign that results in him being a top 20 pick in the N.F.L. draft.

Smith can play some inside as a defensive tackle on passing downs and he can rush the passer for sure.

Player Comparison: Jason Pierre Paul. I think the comparisons between the two are undeniable. both Smith and Pierre Paul are long, big armed physical specimens who play the same position. I think Smith is not quite as athletic as Pierre Paul is, but Smith was MUCH more productive at the collegiate level.

I think fans would go bananas if the Giants drafted Aldon Smith 19th overall because people don’t think it’s a need, which is true IF Mathias Kiwanuka comes back healthy. But if the Giants adhere to two of their philosophies it’s a  possibility.

First, they believe in you can never have too many pass rushers. There are only about four potentially elite pass rushers in this class and Smith is one of them (Von Miller, Robert Quinn, and DaQuan Bowers are the other ones).

Secondly: They like to draft Best player available. And It is very possible that Aldon Smith could be the highest rated player on their board at that time.

Conclusion:

I find it highly unlikely that the Giants will go the route of a defensive end in the first round of this year’s draft, but I figured anything is possible so I should profile two of the possible options (I’ll be doing Robert Quinn as well).

Previous Profiles

OT

Gabe Carimi

OL Anthony Castanzo

CB

Brandon Harris

TE

Kyle Rudolph

LB

Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

Bruce Carter North Carolina

Greg Jones, Michigan State

RB

Mark Ingram

DeMarco Murray


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2 Responses to “Prospect Profiles, (Not Another DE!): DE Aldon Smith, Missouri”

  1. jeremy P says:

    Seems like a good fit as a rush Linebacker for a 3-4.

  2. Jason C. says:

    Let’s hope he’s taken before they pick so there isn’t even consideration. I pray the Giants draft for need this year, they NEED LB, RB, TE and CB/OL depth. Hopefully they fill the LB and CB/OL depth in free agency before they even have to hit the draft and can focus on skill positions in the draft, if Duke Calhoun or DJ Ware are still on the roster next year, they didn’t do their job.

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