Until this past season, Missouri’s defense was constantly disappointing and unreliable. Despite this track record, Gary Pinkel and company have always done a fabulous job with their defensive linemen.
As I mentioned earlier, Justin Smith was a top-three draft pick overall and has had a solid NFL career. Other players such as Atiyyah Ellison and C.J. Mosley have made it to the pros
More recently, Ziggy Hood had a breakout season with the perennial top defense in football, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Aldon Smith was drafted seventh overall by the 49ers and amassed 18 sacks in his short two-year career with the Tigers.
This coming season the Tigers boast their best defensive line in Pinkel’s tenure with three returning starters that include Jacquies Smith and spring ball MVP Brad Madison.
This program knows the defensive trenches; look for the rush to be even more relentless in 2011.