That OT made the classic mistake of taking a backward step and Aldon perfectly timed hitting him so his momentum carried backwards. That is great timing by Aldon. I don't think OT's expect Aldon to have any power because he looks so light and long. But he has already shown way more rushing moves than I would ever have expected from a rookie. Most rookies have one move, and its typically a speed outside rush that NFL tackles simply ride wide of bury with brute strength.
Aldon has shown the ability to power rush, speed rush outside, speed rush inside cut, and loop inside.
The crazy thing about Aldon's college scouting tape was he showed very little first step burst - which is what I think NFL scouts typically look for. Maybe it was that leg injury his senior year. What he showed was an ability to get through tight spaces, from different alignments, to get to the QB and then close to make the sack. I was really wondering if that would translate well to the NFL.
BUT DAMN, Baalke (and scouting staff) really saw what I think others didn't and that was Aldon's ability to close. It is really unique.
If you think of other great pass rushers - Derek Thomas had an amazign first (second and third!) step. Deacon Jones had power and relentlessness in a straight line to the QB. Smith is most like Charles Haley - his long stride is deceptively powerful, fluid, and his close with those long arms is amazing.
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