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2011 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers Select Aldon Smith

With the seventh pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith.

Many had been expecting the 49ers to select a different Missouri Tiger – Blaine Gabbert. Harbaugh and the Niners opted to select the defensive end, who may end up playing linebacker at the pro level, to team up with Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to try to improve the pass rush.

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