2011 NFL Draft: Cowboys Interested In Missouri’s Aldon Smith?


This time of year the top prospects for each team keep changing. Last week, USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith was the flavor of the week and now we already see another name linked to Dallas.

Missouri DE/OLB Aldon Smith is the latest prospect to be paired with the Cowboys and the ninth overall pick.

According to the National Football Post:

[The Cowboys] would reportedly “love” to pair Smith with DeMarcus Ware “off the edge.” NFL Network’s Warren Sapp recently compared Smith to Ware, and Dallas must see whatever he’s seeing. The Cowboys still seem most likely to draft an offensive lineman or cornerback at No. 9, but Smith must now at least be considered a possibility.

Pass rusher is a viable option for the Cowboys at ninth overall. There is often a saying used that a secondaries best friend is a pass rush and what better way to help out your secondary than to have DeMarcus Ware and Smith relentlessly attacking the opposing quarterback.

Here is what our friends over at WithTheFirstPick.com have to say about Aldon Smith:

While his skills and instincts are raw, Smith has shown the propensity to get after the quarterback. His quickness and ability to move laterally is amazing for a guy his size. He has a lot to offer a NFL team. Smith is the kind of player that can develop into a premier pass rusher in the league. He also has the athleticism to stand up and play in the 3-4. There is a lot of upside to this young man. If he can stay focused and work at his craft, he’ll have a successful career, whether that be in the 4-3 or 3-4 defense.

What are your thoughts? Should Dallas consider Smith with the 9th pick or is this just the latest rumor that will pass?

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