The only surprise of the NFL Draft for Missouri Tigers Blaine Gabbert and Aldon Smith was the order in which they were selected.
Gabbert, who was projected to go high in the first round, slipped to the 10th overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Smith, projected to go high but after Gabbert, was grabbed by the San Francisco 49ers with the seventh pick.
Here's ESPN's take on Gabbert going to Jacksonville:
Gabbert has the frame, intangibles and armAnd here's the World Wide Leader's take on Smith to San Fran:
strength teams look for. He is a tough leader who can play through pain
and rally his teammates, and while he needs to improve his pocket
mobility and ability to handle pressure, he has the toughness and foot
speed to do so. It's somewhat surprising he fell this far because he is
the most accurate of the top three quarterbacks on our board, and he has
the football acumen to make the transition from a college spread scheme
to a pro-style offense.
Smith could play 4-3 end or 3-4 OLB, but eitherMissouri is tied with Florida for second place with five players selected in the first round in the last three years. Only Alabama has had more players taken (seven).
way he has to get better against the run. He struggles to sink his hips
and needs to play with better leverage, but he has the frame and
upper-body strength to improve in that area. He is a tenacious
pass-rusher with initial quickness that is just a notch below elite and
the flexibility to bend back inside when he gets underneath the blocker.
He also has above-average athletic ability and can redirect inside
after starting outside.