MNF Review: From Missouri to the NFL
November, 26, 2013
By Steve Muench | ESPN Insider
Denny Medley/USA TODAY SportsMissouri DE Kony Ealy has a history of making opposing QBs quite uncomfortable.
On Monday night, San Francisco held Washington to six points and recorded four sacks while making it virtually impossible for Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III to get comfortable. The Niners' talented front seven dominated the line of scrimmage and two former Missouri defensive linemen drafted 10 years apart continue to wreak havoc on offensive lines.
Here are the paths that right defensive tackle/defensive end Justin Smith and outside linebacker Aldon Smith took from Columbia, Mo., to San Francisco. Cincinnati took Justin with the fourth overall pick in 2001 and he signed with the 49ers as a free agent in 2008. San Francisco drafted Aldon with the seventh overall pick in 2011.
At 34 years old, Justin Smith is still a physical freak and one of the better two-gap defenders in the NFL. He controls blockers one-on-one and he looks to occupy double teams in order to free up the rangy and instinctive linebackers who play behind him.