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