PHOTO GALLERY: Smith, Gabbert go top-10 in NFL draft
Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 10:32 p.m. CDT
Former Missouri players Aldon Smith and Blaine Gabbert were chosen seventh and tenth in the NFL Draft, respectively. Smith will play for the San Francisco 49ers and Gabbert for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Aldon Smith was the first Tiger taken in the 2011 NFL draft, going to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 7. The Jacksonville Jaguars then traded up for pick No. 10 and selected Blaine Gabbert, who many expected to go ahead of Smith. The two selections marked the first time two Missouri players have been taken in within the top 10 picks of the NFL draft. Before 2011, Missouri had a total of five top-10 picks.
MU head coach Gary Pinkel congratulates quarterback Blaine Gabbert for a 41-39 victory over Kansas. Missouri went 10-3 in Gabbert's final season.
Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert poses for photographs with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the 10th overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the NFL Draft in New York.
Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith holds up a jersey after he was selected as the seventh overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday in New York.
MU defensive lineman Aldon Smith (85) attempts to block a throw from KU quarterback Quinn Mecham on Nov. 27, 2010. Smith was the first Missouri player taken in the 2011 NFL draft at No. 7.
Junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert runs the ball during the first quarter in a 36-27 win Oklahoma on Oct. 23, 2010. Gabbert through for 308 yards and a touchdown in the game.
MU defensive end Aldon Smith stretches during football practice at Kadlec practice field on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. Smith went No. 7 overall in the NFL draft, the highest a tiger has been selected since Justin Smith in 2001.
Missouri sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert searches for a receiver during the first quarter against Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. The Tigers led the Wildcats 17-9 at halftime. Gabbert was selected No. 10 overall in the 2011 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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