Mizzou has five first-rounders last three years
Apr 29, 2011___________________________________________________________________________________ .
By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
Missouri has become a must stop for NFL scouts with five first-round picks the last three years. It's a point of pride for coach Gary Pinkel, who has put the program on the pro map.
Before Friday night, the Tigers had five top 10 draft picks in school history. Defensive end Aldon Smith was taken seventh overall by the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Blaine Gabbert went on the 10th pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving the school a pair of top 10 picks in the same draft for the first time.
Missouri has totaled 40 victories the last four years, among the best in the nation. The first-round haul the last three years is second best in the nation, trailing only Alabama's total of seven including four this year.
Pinkel said concerns about running a spread offense have faded the last few years because so many colleges are running it.
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