Round One 2011 NFL Draft Grades: 49ers OLB Aldon Smith Considered Risky Pick

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: A general view of the Draft stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

It shouldn't be too surprising that the San Francisco 49ers decision to select OLB Aldon Smith in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft has received some head-shaking and raised eyebrows. In a very unscientific look around the Internet, the pick received a D over at CBS Sportsline, where they think Smith is overrated and the 49ers should have looked at the quarterback position. Over at SB Nation, the 49ers received a B, but the write-up makes me think they meant to give him a C at best, as they don't think he'll struggle moving to OLB in the 3-4.

I realize that grades now border somewhere between meaningless and pointless. But I like the idea of establishing a bench-mark grade a day after the pick. After all, in five years if he has turned out awesome or turned into a bust, it'd be nice to know what people were thinking a day into the Aldon Smith era. I've attached a poll with a basic A through F grading school. It doesn't include pluses and minuses, so feel free to round up or round down as you see fit.

At this point I'd give the first round a B. Smith is not even remotely a "sexy" pick, but there is upside to this pick, and even number two pick Von Miller likes the pick. I think I can live with that. Can you?

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The second round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 3:00pm pacific and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for the rest of the draft - NFL mock drafts draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it all out at SB Nation's NFLHub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft.

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