Aldon Smith may have put together a historic start to his career, but the 23-year-old is pushing himself in a new direction this offseason. Smith, who has set an NFL record with 33.5 sacks through the first two seasons of his career, started training in a local Mixed Martial Arts gym to improve his athleticism.
Comcast Sports Bay Area shared a video of Smith working out with UFC Heavyweight Daniel Cormier. “It’s definitely a good way to stay in physical shape,” Smith said. “In football you use your hands and feet so much, they definitely do it a lot in this sport.
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate features the latest mock draft predictions for the 49ers and more.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com pegged the 49ers to draft Boise St. CB Jamar Taylor with the No. 31 pick.
Peter Schrager of FOXSports.com predicted the 49ers will draft Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins withe their first-round pick.
Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News thinks the 49ers will select Alabama DT Jesse Williams.
Russ Lande of National Football Post listed UCLA DE Datone Jones as the 49ers’ first-round pick in his latest mock draft.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com listed the top 85 free agents for 2013.
Joe Fortenbaugh of National Football Post offered his take on the top 50 free agents.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated shared his latest big board of 2013 NFL Draft prospects.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports listed Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton as an impact player at the NFL level to start the Shutdown 50 prospect series.
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