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Andre Smith, Jr. (born January 25, 1987) is an
football offensive tackle for the Cincinnati
Bengals of the National Football League. He
was drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
He played college football at Alabama.
Smith attended Huffman High School in his hometown
of Birmingham, Alabama, where he was a
three-year starter, a two-time All-State selection, and Class 6A
Lineman of the Year in 2005. After registering 88 pancake blocks his senior season, Smith was
selected “Mr. Football” by the Alabama Sports Writers Association,
becoming the only offensive lineman to ever win the honor in the
association’s 23-year history. Smith earned High School
All-American honors by USA Today and was selected to play in
the 2006 U.S. Army All-American
Bowl. He was also one of four finalists for the 2005 Walter
Payton Trophy, given to the nation’s most athletic high school
Regarded as a five-star recruit by both Rivals.com and
Smith was listed as the No. 1 offensive lineman by both recruiting
Rivals described him as "one of the most dominant
offensive line prospects in the last 10 years,"
and—after reevaluating their 2005–'09 rankings in February
2009—considered him the best offensive tackle prospect of that
Farrell of The Sporting
News called Smith "the best offensive line prospect since
In his initial year at Alabama, Smith started all 13
games at left tackle, becoming only the fourth true freshman
offensive lineman to start for the Crimson Tide, joining
tackles Larry Rose (1985), Jon
Stevenson (1991) and Dante
Ellington (1999). Smith
played at least 65 snaps in 10 of 13 games and played more than 70
snaps five times, while leading the Crimson Tide with 62 pancake
blocks. He also scored a touchdown off of a lateral in the 34–31 Independence Bowl loss against
Oklahoma State. Smith
earned Freshman All-American honors by the Football Writers
Association of America.
In 2007, Smith was
a First Team All-SEC selection, after starting every game at the
left tackle position.
He was named Alabama Co-Player of the Week four times during the
Smith was recognized as a consensus All-American in 2008, as well as
the 2008 Outland
Trophy winner. He was also considered to be one of the best
underclassmen for the 2009 NFL Draft. He
was also an All-Southeastern Conference
selection and shared the league's Jacobs Blocking Trophy with
Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs. He
led the team with 103 key knockdowns and added seven blocks
downfield. He was penalized twice, as he allowed just one QB sack
and six pressures on 334 pass plays.
On December 29, 2008, Smith was suspended from playing in the 2009 Sugar
game Alabama lost to the Utah Utes 31–17—, reportedly because he dealt
with an agent.
A few days later, Smith declared himself eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft,
and at the time he was considered a lock to be a Top 5 pick.
College awards and
Widely believed to be the best run-blocking tackle in the draft,
Smith drew comparisons to Jason Peters. At
the 2009 NFL Combine, Smith weighed 332 pounds. He
also looked out of shape as he ran 40 yards shirtless, clocking at
a slow 5.28, and had a disappointing 19 repetitions on the bench
with 225 pounds.
He decided to leave the combine early in order to prepare for
Alabama's Pro Day on March 11, 2009. Smith, however, did not inform
his group leader at the combine before he left, and later
apologized, stating: "If I had the chance to do it all over, I
wouldn't have handled it the way I did. I should have told my group
leader that I was leaving, and I didn't. I didn't mean to ruffle
any feathers or step on any toes. I didn't mean to grandstand
anyone at the combine. That was not my intention at all, and I
apologize for my mistake." Smith also admitted that he wasn't
prepared or in shape.
His Pro Day performance at Alabama on March 11, 2009 was equally
unimpressive, although his weight was down to 325 pounds. It was
expected that his poor performances at the Combine and at Pro Day
would strongly impact his draft positioning.
Initially thought of as the best offensive tackle in the 2009 NFL Draft
and a possible No. 1 pick, Smith
was moved to third among offensive tackles (commonly behind Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe)
after the combine.
Smith was eventually drafted sixth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by
the Cincinnati Bengals. He
was the first Alabama offensive lineman selected in the first round
of an NFL Draft since Chris Samuels in 2000.
With run-blocking being his premier quality, Smith was projected
to start at right tackle for the Bengals.
However, after a 30-day contract impasse, Smith missed all of
training camp and three preseason games, before eventually signing
his contract on August 30, 2009. It is
believed that Smith was looking for a five year, $40 million
was signed to a four-year contract with only $21 million
guaranteed. The Bengals also have an option in his contract after
season to make it a six-year, $42 million dollar agreement. Just
days after ending his hold out, Smith fractured his left foot
during a non contact drill at training camp. On December 13, 2009,
Smith was credited with his first official start when usual
starting right tackle Dennis Roland lined up as the extra TE in
the Bengals unbalanced line.
Andre Smith is the son of Andre, Sr. and Nesa Smith. His
younger brother, Christian Smith, currently plays wide receiver and
cornerback at Hampton
University. He is
also a cousin of Dominic Lee, a former defensive lineman for the
Alabama Crimson Tide.
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