Summary: Aldon Smith has a lot of potential. As a redshirt freshman, he hit double digits in sacks with 11.5. He might have done it again in 2010 if his season hadn't been interrupted by a broken fibula, though returning quickly from that injury showed toughness that scouts love.
Smith is still learning the game having only played two years in high school and two more in college. Anyone who can rush the passer is going to be coveted in the NFL draft, but there are issues. If he is going to be a 4-3 defensive end as more than a rush specialist, he needs to put on more weight. Teams looking to convert him to outside linebacker in a 3-4 will need to be confident he can learn how to drop into pass coverage, which was not required of him at Missouri. The talent and potential is certainly there.
Player Comparison: Jason Pierre-Paul. This is an easy comparison to draw. Pierre-Paul took the draft process by storm last year as an athletic freak. He was even faster than Smith (4.67 to 4.75 40 at the Combine) and just a little bigger as well. However, athletically they compare well as pass rushers.
Neither player had a ton of production in college with Pierre-Paul having transferred from a junior college and Smith leaving after just two seasons. Both had analysts wondering if they could stand up as a 3-4 outside linebacker prior to the draft as well.
I realize it is hard to know intimate details about every team in the league. But Ballard didn't need to address Luck's protection. Over the last half of the season the Colts offensive line showed major improvement. They have a solid player in Haeg and Clark went from completely worthless in preseason action to being a serviceable RT by the last 4 games. I expect the growth from Kelly across the right side of the line to be enough to have fixed the OL. Grigson was mostly worthless outside of 2012 draft but his parting gift of the 2016 draft class of lineman might have finally been the OL answer.
I understand you think from your perspective, but by now you should understand you do not come close to thinking like the Seahawks F.O., as a fan I have come to embrace not knowing their thought pattern and enjoy the ride. Many would feel you are along the lines of what the old-school GM of the Colts said of Mel Kiper. But your site keeps me amused at times