Thursday, February 23, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 7:44 AM
ANDRE SMITH: Alabama, 6040 332 5.30. Junior entry. Three-year starter. Rare arm length. Top heavy. Good feet to kick step, shuffle, and slide. Plays with a wide stance. Flashes a strong punch. Can stone a defensive tackle or pass rusher. Will lean, overextend, and waist bend at times. Explosive in the run game. Initial quickness is above average but he doesn’t always follow through. Shows some ability to combine functional strength with quickness after first step. Can get movement on the goal line. Plays high and loses his knee bend as the game goes on. Flashes wall off change of direction and recoverability. Smith flashes the profile of an All-Pro tackle or guard, but every critical factor and position specific that grades out as a first year starter, he demonstrates inconsistency. Most of the inconsistencies come from laziness and a breakdown of technique. He will overextend and go to the ground. Lacks a sense of urgency and becomes complacent with his game. Shows some natural strength but can be leveraged back to quarterback when he loses knee bend. Will drop his hands in pass protection. Needs technique work on the wide rush. Once he gets his hands on the defender he can control him. Did not work out at the Combine. Numerous red flags including lack of accountability and keeping his weight under control. Classic boom or bust. Immature underachiever that promises to be a high maintenance player. Grade is based on flashes. First round. (A-35 3/8, H-9 3/4, BP-19, 10-1.83).