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NFL Draft 2011: San Francisco 49ers select Aldon Smith

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"Oh, hello Jim Harbaugh. Why, yes, I would love to join your fine American football franchise. I know we can't talk contracts, but do you anticipate I'll be able to buy a more aesthetically pleasing communications device? (Photo by Bill Carter)
"Oh, hello Jim Harbaugh. Why, yes, I would love to join your fine American football franchise. I know we can't talk contracts, but do you anticipate I'll be able to buy a more aesthetically pleasing communications device? (Photo by Bill Carter)

A Missouri Tiger went in the top seven of the 2011 NFL Draft. This fact doesn't really come as a surprise to anyone.

But just like he surprised quarterbacks when he exploded onto the Big 12 scene a year ago, Aldon Smith surprised us all Thursday night, becoming the first Mizzou player off the board after being drafted 7th overall by the San Francisco 49ers.

How surprising is this to me personally? My Blaine Gabbert post was already written, and I had planned on writing this post after Gabbert went off the board. Instead, you all are treated to this time-pressed excuse for content. HOORAY DRAFT DAY SURPRISES.

Congratulations to San Francisco, which receives a hell of a pass rusher and a hell of a personality. San Francisco media, you're welcome.

Let's dust off Aldon's RMN Draft Profile:

If you're drafting Aldon Smith based on the player you're getting immediately, then I think I'd have to disagree slightly on his Top 15 consensus. But if you're drafting Aldon Smith based on what he could become with more coaching, more strength and more experience, I think he may be somewhat undervalued. He's good enough that he is by no means "a project pick," but there is certainly a layer of unexplored possibilities for some defensive coordinator to unwrap come next football season (you know, if there is one).

Check it all out at SB Nation's NFL Draft Hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For the Niner perspective, check out Niners Nation.