Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Decision Time: OT Andre Smith, Alabama


Why Smith made the right decision to come out

1. Leader of the pack -
At this point, there’s no doubt that Smith will be the first offensive lineman taken off the board. His physical skills and the high demand for left tackles in the NFL should make Smith a surefire top-5 selection this April.

2. Ready to dominate - There’s a reason why the 6’5”, 340-pound road grater has received just about every award or honor an offensive lineman can lay claim to. In addition to possessing the raw strength to blow people off the ball, Smith is versatile enough to play at both the guard and tackle positions. The ‘Bama native’s technique and quick feet make him a natural at just about any spot along the offensive front.

3. Toughness personified - Smith has the requisite confidence and nasty disposition that will go a long way toward injecting new life into an ailing line.

The Reverend’s Take: Although Smith’s recent suspension for improper contact with an agent casts some doubt on his character, this year’s Outland Trophy winner has been an exemplary teammate and leader for the Tide throughout his collegiate career. His consistent play should alleviate concerns about Smith’s commitment to the game of football. While he may not be as polished as some other recently-drafted players at his position, Smith’s athleticism gives him the tantalizing upside that several teams will be looking to tap into.

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