Andre Smith Is Still A Top 10 Pick In The NFL Draft. 2009 NFL Draft Updates.

Apparently No One Cares About Andre Smith's Awful Combine And Non-Existent Work Ethic

4/20/09 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Generally speaking, it seems like NFL teams put way too much stock in the Combine. But, I have to be honest. After Andre Smith ran a 5.32 40-yard dash there, and only did 19 reps at 225 on the bench press, combined with the fact that he vanished from the Combine for no apparent reason, was awful during interviews, and sucked at his pro day, you'd think his draft stock would be plummeting.

After all, that's what everyone has been saying as well, that Smith is falling like a rock. There was even some thought that he might fall out of the first round.

But apparently, that isn't the case.

Somehow, Smith is looking like a top 10 pick again. How did this happen? I have no idea, considering he's done nothing to change the perception about his work ethic and commitment.

Michael David Smith at Fanhouse informs us that Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, who has a history of being a very good draft analyst, has Smith going to the Jaguars at No. 8, and calls him the best blocker in the draft. Peter King of Sports Illustrated, meanwhile, says the Jaguars might not get a chance at Smith because the Bengals might take him. King says that the Bengals are down to either Smith or BJ Raji.

Now, while I have long been a proponent of the Combine not determining everything about a player's draft stock, it seems crazy to me that Smith is suddenly a top 10 pick again. This guy was completely unmotivated and unprepared for what was the biggest interview of his life: The NFL Combine. How prepared do you think he's going to be for a game in mid-October if he can't be prepared for the Combine?

I understand that Combine doesn't determine everything, and there's plenty of game tape out there showing Smith dominating opponents at the college level. But the NFL isn't college. You can't slack at the pro level and be an elite player. And in my mind, all signs point to the fact that Smith thinks he can get by on sheer talent, which is a huge mistake.

We'll see what happens with Smith, and whether or not he becomes a great O-lineman. But if I were an NFL team, I'd be awful hesitant to draft him. He just doesn't seem to care enough to make himself a better player. And that's not a good sign.

Andre Smith still looks like a top 10 NFL Draft pick [Fanhouse]
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4/20/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

I guess I might be crazy, but I'd like the niners to be able to nab Smith at #10 if he is still there.

I dunno, just a shot in the dark but a lot of teams passed on Warren Sapp and Randy Moss for character issues and they turned out to be decent pros. I know, you're gonna say that Sapp and Moss might have had character issues but they still performed well before the draft. I see the difference there.. .but for some reason, I just have this feeling that Smith will turn out like those guys in the sense that teams that skip him are later going to wish they hadn't.

4/20/09   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

On a side note:  Why do we care how fast of a 40 time he ran?  Seriously.  How many times have we seen a running back run into a wall of defensive linemen, and then hear the coach yell from the sideline "GIVE IT TO THE OFFENSIVE TACKLE!  NO ONE IS NEAR HIM!!!"?

Just curious.  That's always a stat thrown in there to debate if a lineman had a bad day or something.  They're all fat asses.  They move at the speed of smell.

Ok, back on subject.  I don't like how everything has shaped up for Andre this off season.  It's kind of embarrassing.  But I think he's still a high choice because of lack of choices.  I may show my ignorance here, but are there a lot of other choices to choose from?  If a team is desperate for a good offensive lineman, Smith is a good choice (I think).  I could be wrong.

4/20/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

phillydeac4life wrote:
How many great college players "fail" at the Combine to only become great NFL players?  Your arguement goes both ways.

It does.  However, at least to me, its not his combine that scares me as much as the fact that he's shown no desire to improve.  If he would've at least had a decent Pro Day I could see why teams would be willing to risk a top pick on him, but since he didn't it seems very questionable to me.

4/20/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Or are they saying that is mass is equal to the Top Ten picks?

4/20/09   |   Scott   |   53566 respect

phillydeac4life wrote:
I guess 3 years of dominating SEC D Ends carries no weight.  I guess that being the top offensive lineman in the country last year, and in the Top 5 two years ago doesnt matter either.  I forgot that we live in a country that only cares about the short term gains, a what have you done for me latley philosphy and that the results of NFL Combine overrule anything achieved on the field.

In the world of sports, it's always been about what have you done for me lately and most teams, franchises and organizations are in the business of wanting to win now.  How many times have we seen coaches get canned early on into a contract because they arent winning, despite what they did last year or the year before?

Nobody is disputing what Andre Smith can do on the field.  However, if your a GM of a team then you need to think twice, maybe 3 times about taking a guy who has recently shown to be slow, out of shape and unmotivated.  Having talent should be only part of the equation when it comes to drafting a guy so high in the draft, especially for a team drafing 1-10 that probably has multiple problems that they need to address.

4/20/09   |   phillydeac4life   |   20 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
We've seen many dominant college players fall apart in the pros.  If he doesn't show a committment towards improving, he's going to be useless in the NFL.  Talent alone doesn't make it in the NFL.

How many great college players "fail" at the Combine to only become great NFL players?  Your arguement goes both ways.

4/20/09   |   Blackbelt_98   |   2 respect

Man, for some reason I've got Phil Mickelson in my head....

4/20/09   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Andre Smith doesn't "look" like a top 10 draft pick in that photo. He looks like a C cup.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

True...

4/20/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

Maybe he did all of that because he didn't want to be drafted by Detroit......maybe his goal was to be a Bengal !!!

4/20/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

 Tony Mandrich starter kit.

4/20/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
At least Kramer can finally get his idea off the ground with the most fitting of endorsements from Smith.  Imagine the publicity that would arise from seeing this up at the podium.

Andre Smith for the Manzier...that right there is a swell idea!

4/20/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

phillydeac4life wrote:
I guess 3 years of dominating SEC D Ends carries no weight.  I guess that being the top offensive lineman in the country last year, and in the Top 5 two years ago doesnt matter either.  I forgot that we live in a country that only cares about the short term gains, a what have you done for me latley philosphy and that the results of NFL Combine overrule anything achieved on the field.

We've seen many dominant college players fall apart in the pros.  If he doesn't show a committment towards improving, he's going to be useless in the NFL.  Talent alone doesn't make it in the NFL.

4/20/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

At least Kramer can finally get his idea off the ground with the most fitting of endorsements from Smith.  Imagine the publicity that would arise from seeing this up at the podium.

4/20/09   |   cyzygy11   |   2 respect

Is it possible that in the wake of that performance, at the behest of his agent or other sources, he refocused on training, then gave a private workout for some teams? Otherwise, I don't see how those raw statistics translate into a high first round pick. The vagaries and the vissicitudes of the draft process are lost on me.

4/20/09   |   phillydeac4life   |   20 respect

I guess 3 years of dominating SEC D Ends carries no weight.  I guess that being the top offensive lineman in the country last year, and in the Top 5 two years ago doesnt matter either.  I forgot that we live in a country that only cares about the short term gains, a what have you done for me latley philosphy and that the results of NFL Combine overrule anything achieved on the field.

4/20/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Why am I not surprised that the Bengals would draft Andre Smith?

You shouldn't be. He fits the mold of a Bengal - Lazy, poor work ethic, character issues, and overrated.  The only reason the Cowboys wont draft him is because they dont have a first round pick.

4/20/09   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Andre Smith doesn't "look" like a top 10 draft pick in that photo. He looks like a C cup.

That's being generous.  On a serious note, when you dominate the SEC at your respective position, you will be drafted high regardless of a mediocre at best pro day.

4/20/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

Why am I not surprised that the Bengals would draft Andre Smith?

4/20/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Andre Smith doesn't "look" like a top 10 draft pick in that photo. He looks like a C cup.