Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Around the NFC West: Aldon Smith's night
By Mike Sando
There has been some angst among San Francisco 49ers fans over a 2012 draft class that hasn't gotten a chance to play this season.
First-rounder A.J. Jenkins, second-rounder LaMichael James and the rest of the class was inactive Monday night, as usual.
Their time will come.
In the meantime, let's take a look at that 2011 class, shall we?
First-rounder Aldon Smith set a "Monday Night Football" record with 5.5 sacks during the 49ers' 32-7 victory over the Chicago Bears. He now has 29 sacks, the highest total for a player through 26 games since sacks became an official stat in 1982, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Second-rounder Colin Kaepernick completed 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns while making his first NFL start. He posted a 133.1 NFL passer rating. His 97.5 QBR score was the highest for a player's first start in the five-year history of the metric.
Third-rounder Chris Culliver played 59 percent of the defensive snaps at cornerback. He was in coverage for the Bears' lone touchdown, but by then, the 49ers were cruising.
Culliver has two interceptions this season and has played well overall.
Fourth-rounder Kendall Hunter had a 14-yard touchdown run against the Bears to give San Francisco a 17-0 lead.
Fifth-rounder Daniel Kilgore played nine offensive snaps, coming onto the field in jumbo packages. Those packages didn't gain much traction on this night. They remain an important part of what the 49ers what to accomplish through heavier personnel groups.
Seventh-rounder Bruce Miller started at fullback. He played 45 percent of the offensive snaps. He also made a team-high two special-teams tackles.
General manager Trent Baalke, the 49ers' coaches and personnel staff had to like what they saw.