NFL Draft 2011 Results: San Francisco 49ers Take Aldon Smith, Mizzou, LB, at No.
San Francisco 49ers Pick Bizarre Not For Who They Took, But Who They Didn’t Take
The San Francisco 49ers made a great pick at No. 7 taking Missouri linebacker Aldon Smith who will most certainly help with their underperforming pass-rush in 2011.
But just think of who they could have had at No. 7: Blaine Gabbert.
With the future and abilities of Alex Smith in question and new coach Jim Harbaugh looking to bring his own philosophy to San Fran, Gabbert would have been the perfect pick to spell the end of the deficient Smith era and usher in a new type of game in California.
Just a quarterback away from being a legit threat in the NFC West, the 49ers could very well snag a quarterback in free agency or through a trade, but I could only imagine the type of restraint it took not to take Gabbert with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
A bizarre pick or not, San Fran will now look to bolter the QB position later in the draft with guys like Ryan Mallett, Andy Dalton or Colin Kaepernick.
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|1. Carolina Panther: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn||17. New England Patriots: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado|
|2. Denver Broncos: Von Miller, LB, Texas||18. San Diego Chargers: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois|
|3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama||19. New York Giants: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska|
|4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia||20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa|
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Petertson, CB, LSU||21. Cleveland Browns (from Kansas City): Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor|
|6. Atlanta Falcons (from Cleveland): Julio Jones, WR, Alabama||22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College|
|7. San Francisco 49ers: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri||23. Philadelphia Eagles: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor|
|8. Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker, QB, Washington||24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Jordan, DE, California|
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, USC||25. Seattle Seahawks: James Carpenter, OG, Alabama|
|10. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Washington): Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri||26. Kansas City Chiefs (from Atlanta): Jonathan Baldwin, WR, PITT|
|11. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin||27. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado|
|12. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Ponder, QB, FSU||28. New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama|
|13. Detroit Lions: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn||29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin|
|14. St. Louis Rams: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina||30. New York Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple|
|15. Miami Dolphins: Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida||31, Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State|
|16. Washington Redskins (from Jacksonville): Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue||32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT, Miss. State|
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