NFL Draft 2011: Mel Kiper Says San Francisco 49ers Didn't Reach for Aldon Smith
NFL Draft 2011 and Mel Kiper thinks San Francisco 49ers didn’t reach for Aldon Smith
The San Francisco 49ers are in the rebuilding process and taking a strong defensive end that can pass rush or run stop is not reaching, no matter where he is taken.
I heard a lot of people complaining about the 49ers taking defensive end Aldon Smith at the No. 7 spot, but he is really the perfect fit.
I know the team needed a quarterback, but until I see otherwise, I think new head coach Jim Harbaugh is waiting to get Andrew Luck when he comes out for the draft.
Mel Kiper’s Analysis:
You'll hear Smith called the first big reach of Round 1, but he wouldn't have lasted long at all past the No. 7 slot where the Niners nabbed him. And beyond the obvious question at quarterback, an outside linebacker who can rush the quarterback was the biggest position of need for this team, and if Smith continues on his developmental path, he could be a star. Jim Harbaugh found a quarterback he can develop with Kaepernick in Round 2, but even with the run on quarterbacks, I saw that as a reach. There's a lot of development needed. San Fran did hit on other top needs at cornerback and wide receiver, and got decent value in Hunter for depth at running back. Kilgore also offers a little more depth at guard. It's all about what happens at quarterback in terms of how we judge the success of the 2011 49ers, but I judge this weekend as a relative success. It's just a small worry when your first two picks both have development requirements.
I don’t think the 49ers reached with Aldon Smith because he fits what new head coach Jim Harbaugh is trying to instill to his defense.
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