Continuing his Midwestern scouting swing, Rex Ryan showed up in Columbia, Missouri, Thursday to scout the Missouri pro day. The star of the show was QB Blaine Gabbert, the potential top pick in the draft. Obviously, the Jets aren't in the quarterback market. Ryan was there to check out the top defensive player -- DE Aldon Smith.
Smith, a 265-pound edge player, is regarded as a likely top-15 pick. He may be a bit undersized to play end in the Jets' 3-4 scheme, but he's young and could add weight, if necessary. Or he could stay at 265 and be a hybrid end/outside linebacker. He has a lot of raw talent.
To get him, the Jets (30th overall) would have to trade up, but since when did that ever stop GM Mike Tannenbaum from getting his man?
UPDATE: Here's a little more info on Smith, courtesy of the Columbia Tribune:
Smith said he has private workouts planned with 10 teams; no names were provided, except for the Rams. He's a popular guy because he said he met with 28 teams at the recent scouting combine -- half of them teams that run the 3-4. Smith said he's open to playing outside linebacker in a 3-4. For the record, he has very little experience in that role, so he'd be a projection pick for the Jets, but the buzz we're hearing is they like him a lot.