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    Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    Aldon Smith's going to the draft after two years of absolute beastliness at Missouri. He's huge, fast, and is one of the most athletic players in this year's draft. A lot of mock drafts have him anywhere from 13-2nd round. He's a DE in some, an OLB in others. He played DE in college. Would he be a good fit to play OLB in the Rams scheme? If yes, should we draft him with our first round pick. If he'd be better as a DE, do we draft him in the 2nd round if he's still available?


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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    If I were the Rams, I think he'd be in consideration at the 14th pick. And it would be at defensive end rather than linebacker.

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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

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    If I were the Rams, I think he'd be in consideration at the 14th pick. And it would be at defensive end rather than linebacker.
    Nick,

    No doubt Smith would be a force as a pass rusher at DE but how do you think he would fare against the run?

    Seems to me he might be too light in the pants to anchor against the run game.

    WHAT SAY YE?

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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable View Post
    Nick,

    No doubt Smith would be a force as a pass rusher at DE but how do you think he would fare against the run?

    Seems to me he might be too light in the pants to anchor against the run game.

    WHAT SAY YE?
    I agree with you im not sure how he would fare against the rush as well but i still think he is a good look with our first pick.That is if my BABY(Deon Sanders Voice) AJ Green isnt there

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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    He would most likely be playing DE for us, since we do not run a 3-4. He's a little on the light side for now, but remember that Leonarwd Little was a little small coming out of college, but he bulked up, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Smith do the same. He's like a better, more athletic and more talented version of Selvie.

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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable View Post
    Nick,

    No doubt Smith would be a force as a pass rusher at DE but how do you think he would fare against the run?

    Seems to me he might be too light in the pants to anchor against the run game.

    WHAT SAY YE?
    Indications are he projects as a DE. There is a lot more to being an OLB than rushing the passer. We need more than a situational OLB with the 14th, it would depend on how he projects at coverage etc.

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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable View Post
    Nick,

    No doubt Smith would be a force as a pass rusher at DE but how do you think he would fare against the run?

    Seems to me he might be too light in the pants to anchor against the run game.

    WHAT SAY YE?
    He does need to improve as a run defender, but he has the frame to add some strength and bulk and get better in this area. It's a lot easier asking a guy with great quickness to get stronger than it is to ask a guy with great strength to get quicker.

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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    Agreed. At his age and height, there's little doubt that he could bulk up a bit and play in the 275-280 lb. range.

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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    I hate that he's leaving 'zou, but he will be an outstanding DE and would make a nice bookend opposite Long.
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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    We just need athletes and athletes everywhere. It's time to realize that we don't 'HAVE' to take a WR in round 1. Especially if there is a legit defensive player in Round 1.

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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    Quote Originally Posted by richtree View Post
    We just need athletes and athletes everywhere. It's time to realize that we don't 'HAVE' to take a WR in round 1. Especially if there is a legit defensive player in Round 1.
    If the value at WR isn't there but is for another position of need, I absolutely agree. You can't reach just because it's a position of need, especially if there are other prospects of good value there for the taking.

    Of course, if the Rams go out in free agency and put the full court press on a top veteran talent, it would give them even more freedom. Either way, free agency or draft, I want to see the Rams come out of this offseason with a legitimate #1 receiver. Failing to do so will be a disappointment to me.

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    Re: Aldon Smith as an OLB in the 4-3?

    Agreed about not taking a WR because we "HAVE" to. If the WRs available at #14 aren't worthy for that spot, then we should not reach and grab one. I would rather draft Aldon Smith or another DE.

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