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Lowell Cohn on Aldon Smith

the more I read about Smith the more I like the pick!
even though I think it was a slight reach (but as others allready posted, you need another team that wants to trade up if you want to trade down!)
He gives credit where he thinks credit is due. Not sure I am as optimistic as him but I understand his point of view, and if this kid turns into a real pass-rusher we are playoff bound next year imo. Yes, even with the other A. Smith at QB.
Those who're saying Smith was a reach...based on what? Your player evaluations? Or do you know something the rest of us don't? Did any of you read the SI.com analysis? Or are you simply whining because Harbaugh/Baalke didn't pick the player you thought they should have. Wah, wah, wah...bunch of cry babies.
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Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
Originally posted by kidash:
BUT... BUT... HE'S A BUST! (as some already proclaimed)

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I've been pretty neutral on this pick, but I think it's literally the "Tyson Alualu" pick of 2011. -Everybody's thinking he should have been picked in the 'teens', but everything will work itself out in the end.

I Agree. I wasn't overly excited but wasn't upset either. The more I thought about, it the more I thought about the Jags pick last year. He ended up doing pretty well. Also Smith's size makes me think he has a better chance to be succesfull as opposed to Lawson coming out (240 lbs)

What the hell are you guys smoking? Tyson Alualu? nobody had Alualu going in the first round, let alone top 10. Aldon Smith was a top 15 pick, top 10 by many. If this pick was a reach it wasnt by much.

This next part isnt necessarily pointed at you guys above, but I gotta say it. Everybody flipping out over this pick is annoying the hell out of me... it only shows how little you know about this kid and what little research was done on your part. Aldon Smith was a top prospect plain and simple. How so many of you guys slept on him is beyond me. OTC, Maddog, etc... they can say what they want because they've done their homework and IMO have all the right in the world to voice their concern... But for those of you who have never heard of Aldon Smith and are giving up on the pick are only embarrassing yourselves.

with all that said i'm outta here, gonna go back to the Parking lot where the majority of posters arent a bunch of chicken littles

For the record, OTC and MadDog had Aldon Smith at #11. Not really a reach in my opinion.
Considering the need issues and the other players available at the time, Aldon was the most logical selection.

Kinda disagree. I think (along with most draftniks and experts) Robert Quinn is/was a better pure 3-4 OLB prospect than Aldon Smith (who, now that he bulked up, seems to be more of a Justin Tuck type of combo 4-3 DE/DT)...obviously JH and TB didn't think so, and that's all that matters.

Don't get me wrong, I love me some Aldon Smith, but I think Quinn would've been a better pick.

I don't put a lot of stock in draftniks and "experts", but I was on the Quinn bandwagon too. The tipoff in Quinns favor was his championship caliber athleticism in a related sport . . . wrestling. That requires quickness flexibility and strength and will translate well to being a pass rusher and change of direction specialist.

Our guy was a good basketball player and I think I prefer that for a pass rusher....A tall, fluid athlete who has quick feet? I'll take it!
Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
Originally posted by kidash:
BUT... BUT... HE'S A BUST! (as some already proclaimed)

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I've been pretty neutral on this pick, but I think it's literally the "Tyson Alualu" pick of 2011. -Everybody's thinking he should have been picked in the 'teens', but everything will work itself out in the end.
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For the people complaining about Quinn, I really liked Quinn too, but it's very possible that the 49ers were one of the teams that took him off their boards because of medical reasons/missing a season. And it wouldn't be terribly unreasonable for them to do so.
Originally posted by Travisty13:
Originally posted by kidash:
BUT... BUT... HE'S A BUST! (as some already proclaimed)

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Yeah I read someone already said that. I'll admit I was pissed at first, cause Prince was sitting right there for us. But now that I've calmed down and can sit back and look at what type of player he is, I'm pretty excited to see how Fangio will use him. Let's Go Aldon! The New Godfather of our D. The Don!

LOVE IT
I heard he will be on the Strong Side. Why use a pass rusher primarily for the strong side?
Originally posted by Joecool:
I heard he will be on the Strong Side. Why use a pass rusher primarily for the strong side?

Link? Where?
Originally posted by 190836:
Here is the great Lowell Cohn article on Aldon Smith.
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110428/NEWS/110429356/1057/SPORTS0908?p=all&tc=pgall

Nice read
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Originally posted by DertyDonahue:
Originally posted by Joecool:
I heard he will be on the Strong Side. Why use a pass rusher primarily for the strong side?

Link? Where?

Barrows mentioned it here
http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2011/05/how-the-49ers-d.html

my 2 cents..
J.Smith often pressured QB's to scramble to the right, If we would have had a decent pass rusher on that side, the Niners probably would have had about 10 more sacks

I think he ends up playing more of an "Elephant" type position
with him moving around alot

[ Edited by cools on May 7, 2011 at 07:47:04 ]
So, if Sing hadn't pushed so damn hard to beat AZ in the last game in Jan we would have had the #5 pick so the screw up started then. (AZ skipped the game mentally and physically) Instead of getting the best player in the draft we got a project. Definition of stupidity " doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results". I watched film on this guy and I can see where he is too stiff and not athletic enough for the NFL. He is too skinny and weak to consistantly work against 310 lb tackles. Wasted pick. If, "if & ands were pots and pans, beggers would be peddlers".
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Originally posted by Austrian49er:
the more I read about Smith the more I like the pick!

+1
Originally posted by smashmouth51:
So, if Sing hadn't pushed so damn hard to beat AZ in the last game in Jan we would have had the #5 pick so the screw up started then. (AZ skipped the game mentally and physically) Instead of getting the best player in the draft we got a project. Definition of stupidity " doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results". I watched film on this guy and I can see where he is too stiff and not athletic enough for the NFL. He is too skinny and weak to consistantly work against 310 lb tackles. Wasted pick. If, "if & ands were pots and pans, beggers would be peddlers".



he is as athlethic as suggs and demarcus ware

there combine markers are similar he has the most fluid hips in teh draft has extremely long arms and great footwork