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49ers go with surprise in MU's Aldon Smith

4/28/2011

Raw is the word you'll hear most associated with Aldon Smith.

SmithSmithThe 6-foot-4, 263-pound sophomore showed enough in two seasons at Missouri to convince San Fransisco to cash in on his upside with the seventh pick of the draft.

He entered the 2010 season as one of the Big 12's best pass-rushers, but was slowed by a broken bone in his leg. His numbers didn't show it as a sophomore, but once he's healthy next year, he'll get a chance to show the wow-worthy athleticism that gave Big 12 offenses fits during his time at Missouri.

Another year in Columbia would have meant an even scarier and more developed Smith, but at the seventh pick, there's no blaming him if he wants to do his developing at the next level.

Most interesting? Smith is off the board before his teammate, quarterback Blaine Gabbert.