Published March 6, 2013 - 1:05pm
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Missouri will land a sure first-round pick with DT Sheldon Richardson, along with emerging linebacker Zaviar Gooden, who will get picked in the upper rounds. Former WR TJ Moe, DE Brad Madison, OT Elvis Fisher and CB Kip Edwards all remain draft hopefuls, too.
Thirteen players have been drafted from Missouri in the last five years, headlined by the great Aldon Smith.
- Michael Egnew, Dolphins (3rd round)
- Aldon Smith, 49ers (1st round)
- Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars (1st round)
- Andrew Gachkar, Chargers (7th round)
- Sean Weatherspoon, Falcons (1st round)
- Jeremy Maclin, Eagles (1st round)
- Ziggy Hood, Steelers (1st round)
- William Moore, Falcons (2nd round)
- Chase Coffman, Bengals (3rd round)
- Colin Brown, Chiefs (5th round)
- Stryker Sulak, Patriots (6th round)
- Will Franklin, Chiefs (4th round)
- Martin Rucker, Browns (4th round)
Best Pro: One of the most electrifying pass rushers in the NFL is the 49ers’ Aldon Smith. Although SEC fans didn’t get to see this cat in action, you can easily see his dominance as a pass rusher in the league. Smith has totaled 103 tackles, including 33.5 (33.5!) sacks in just two seasons. Less than two weeks after losing the Super Bowl, Smith took up another hobby: mixed martial arts. Smith is looking to dropkick any and all opposing offensive linemen who get in his way in ‘13.
Most Disappointing Pro: Fellow first-round pick Blaine Gabbert hasn’t fared too well in the league. It’s expected that young quarterbacks will struggle to transition in the league, but not only has Gabbert struggled, he hasn’t shown any consistency or improvement either. There’s still time, of course, for Gabbert to turn it around, but several just don’t see that happening. Gabbert has thrown for 3,876 yards, 21 touchdowns and 17 INTs in two years.
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