Thursday, February 24, 2011

Diary from MU’s Aldon Smith as he prepares for draft

Missouri’s Aldon Smith, who played two seasons at Raytown High School, projects as a first-round draft pick as either a defensive end or outside linebacker. Smith redshirted as a college freshman in 2008 and then set the Missouri single-season record with 11  1/2 sacks the following season. In 2010, Smith missed three games because of a broken bone in his leg and, despite having two seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining, declared in January for the draft after consulting with the NFL’s draft advisory board.

Since declaring for the draft, Smith has been working out at a training facility in Phoenix with other top NFL draft prospects in preparation for the upcoming scouting combine, which begins Thursday in Indianapolis. Here are some of Smith’s thoughts as the combine approaches.

The decision to come out for the draft was a difficult one at first. But after I got my NFL grade back, that kind of helped make the process a little bit easier. Everything I was hearing made the decision a lot easier. I haven’t had any regrets or second thoughts at all. At first, I missed my family back at Mizzou because it was such a good experience, but I don’t think I regret anything.

Read more on the Kansas City Star.