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Niners could stunt Smith's development

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08:06 AM ET 05.31 | Aldon Smith may soon join his future teammates in working out, but his future in the NFL has much more to do with an official open of camp. Smith is a somewhat unique player. He has the body of a pass rusher, with his length, but he plays like a quick defensive tackle with is quick inside moves. However, you have to play with leverage as a inside player, which is lacking in Smith's game. His success, particularly in his early career, will depend on how he is used. If the 49ers have him shoot gaps and play inside in the nickel defense, Smith could be effective as a rookie. However, playing him as an outside linebacker or rush end could stunt his development.

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May 31, 2011  08:36 AM ET

Wouldn't make me feel bad...

Anything that stunts the development of the 49ers is fine with me.

May 31, 2011  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wouldn't make me feel bad... Anything that stunts the development of the 49ers is fine with me.

This team is already so stunted that they're looking for Snow White to keep house for them.

May 31, 2011  09:05 AM ET

Everyone always overdrafts these 3-4 OLB/ 4-3 DEs -most of them don't turn out -there are very few that do live up to a 1st round pick grade

May 31, 2011  09:11 AM ET

The Niners could have another guy named Smith fail to develop. It's deja vu all over again.

May 31, 2011  09:14 AM ET

Maybe Nancy Pelosi will hire him as a house boy... 49ers S>U>C>K> JETS S>U>C>K> but at opposite ends for different reasons!!!

May 31, 2011  10:09 AM ET

I think Harbaugh is probably more concerned with his teams QB situation.

May 31, 2011  10:43 AM ET

Truth & Rumors--- All this speculation before he even plays a down in the NFL, Jack Lambert was too small to make it in the NFL.

May 31, 2011  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Truth & Rumors--- All this speculation before he even plays a down in the NFL, Jack Lambert was too small to make it in the NFL.

And Ed Jones was too tall.

May 31, 2011  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This team is already so stunted that they're looking for Snow White to keep house for them.

Hee hee!

May 31, 2011  11:58 AM ET

The Niners stunting careers? No I wouldn't ever believe that.

May 31, 2011  02:01 PM ET

The SF Chronicle has taken up evaluating NFL defensive sets? Nothing like having an outhouse newpapaer that knows it all. Must be in the crinkling process... Hey, Chronicle, when will I win the lotto?

May 31, 2011  04:08 PM ET

KEEPING A FINGER ON THE PULSE OF THE NFL LOCKOUT


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May 31, 2011  06:18 PM ET

niners SUCK and don't deserve the waste of time to even discuss how much they suck

May 31, 2011  10:00 PM ET

did I hit a nerve?

May 31, 2011  10:10 PM ET
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did I hit a nerve?

Nah, no one cares

 
June 1, 2011  08:31 AM ET

The only one that will determine Aldon Smiths success is Aldon Smith. He has been asked countless times about the possibility of playing outside linebacker. Smiths response: It makes no difference to me DE or LB. Some say I can't play the run and others say I can't play the pass, look at the tapes and you will see I can do both. As for his rookie year, it won't be easy for any rookies in the NFL if the lockout remains. So you might only see him on passing downs.

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