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As the questions continue to mount for Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith, so does the possibility that the talented mountain of a man will do a freefall through the first round of the draft.

Not long ago, he was seriously being mentioned as a possibility for the Detroit Lions with the No. 1 pick. If not to Motown, most had him going in the top five picks.

Now, Smith could be making a move down the board, quite a ways down the board, and could be in play for the Bears when they select 18th.

Early results from Smith's pro day today in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where it is believed Bears' scout Mark Sadowski is on hand, are not good. Remember, Smith blew out of the scouting combine in Indianapolis last month without telling anyone. He said he was going to work out on his pro day. That hasn't gone so well so far. His 40 time was 5.28 seconds. While that's not real significant for offensive linemen, it gives you a general idea about his athleticism. More alarming was just 19 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. This is a player who was known for his tenacity and muscle on the field. However, those are not numbers that are going to bury him. In comparison, Chris Williams ran a 5.21 40 last year and put up 21 reps on the bench press.

Despite the bad press he's getting already on a workout that ended just a short while ago, one source said he did well in positional drills and that he would be surprised if Smith fell out of the top 10. He said Smith wasn't winded in his workouts and that was another key. You're going to get different opinions depending where you look. The bottom line is if he does make it out of the top 10, the Bears will have to consider him.

The Bears will surely take a look at another player from the school, safety Rashard Johnson, but it's interesting to consider what could happen if Smith tumbles through the first round. They could be staring at the top talent if they're comfortable with the baggage he's carrying.

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If he falls, you do cartwheels and take him!! You solidify the bookends for 10+ years!!!!

This would be a no brainer! If Smith falls to the Bears, they better draft him and count their blessings!

Yeah I'd be cool with that......I'd rather see Michael Oher but big Andre would be sweet........But I think WR is a more pressing need.....

IF this guy is a ""problem child"", do we really want to take another gamble? Chris Williams had back surgery last year, and the Bears knew he might have back problems before they drafted him. Once you have back problems, you will always have back problems. They drafted Tommie Harris, even after their doctors said he had the body of a """35""" year old, even though he was only 22 years old.
JA might be """ok""" at drafting Defensive players, he has missed on quite a few. I know the draft is a cr&p shoot in general, but why would you want to lower the odds on succeeding by continually drafting QUESTION MARKS??????????????????????

I still say trade Urlacher for picks, move up if needed to draft a "top, no question about it" O-LINEMAN, Maybe try and get Cutler, etc, etc.

I do not think St. Clair is the answer. Maybe we need to sign K. Barnes, maybe a new start will be the difference for him?

I don't know

I'd rather have Duke Robinson then Fenuki Tupou in the second.

I know you're putting a question mark on this Mick. But remember that the Jags cut Khalif Barnes outright, and they had a bad offensive line last year. Now Barnes played left tackle, but I have to wonder why the Jaguars wouldn't at least move him to guard or right tackle if he were any good. So I'm not getting why anyone would think that Barnes would be a better fit than St. Clair. JSC played left tackle last year and did a credible job at it. Yes he had some bad games, particularly against Jared Allen of the Vikes. But on the whole he did an ok job. The Bears are not going to ask St. Clair to play LT this year, and he might turn out to be a good right fit at right tackle. At worst he provides good depth because of his versatility.

One has to wonder when a potential #1 pick knows for a few years in advance the important process of impressing scouts at the combine and then blows out of dodge, suposedly overweight and out of shape.

Well considering that he pulled out, you have to wonder where was his head, he certainly is not smart, that move is about a lame as you can get. That pullout cost him multi millions of dollars, considering if he would have been working out, prepared and kept himself in shape he most likely would have been chosen before pick #5.

If he blows off this critical combine, you have to wonder that the Bears might get a big fat guy that will spend more time at the dinner table eating patatoes and steak than working on being the best at his position.

I say no way, no how draft this guy, he could be the next Cedric Benson CB (Complete Bust).

He's a mountain true, but maybe a mountain of a boy would be a better description right now. Playing O-line in the NFL is man's work. That is why, except for the very elite athletes, you see players taking a few years to develop into effective starters at O-line. They really are just growing up.

Chances are he will grow up before long. Then you will know what kind of man you drafted. All you have to do is decide now how he will turn out then. Could go either way.

This is one where the tape measure and stopwatch are useless. You have to be able to judge the person.

One has to wonder when a potential #1 pick knows for a few years in advance the important process of impressing scouts at the combine and then blows out of dodge, suposedly overweight and out of shape.

Well considering that he pulled out, you have to wonder where was his head, he certainly is not smart, that move is about a lame as you can get. That pullout cost him multi millions of dollars, considering if he would have been workingout, prepared and kept himself in shape he most likely would have been chosen before pick #5.

If he blows off this critical combine, you have to wonder that the Bears might get a big fat guy that will spend more time at the dinner table eating patatoes and steak than working on being the best at his position.

I say no way, no how draft this guy, he could be the next Cedric Benson CB (Complete Bust).

. . . You think long and hard about it.

The word out of Alabama is that Smith is a supremely gifted athlete capable of mauling defensive opponents, but he doesn't "love the game." Nick Saban was able to get Smith to play up to his potential because he put a foot up his behind, and stayed on him constantly. We see what happened with him once he decided he was leaving 'Bama and checked out in December.

I'd really think twice about Smith. If you think O-Line Coach Harry H. will be as exacting a taskmaster as Saban, then go ahead and take your shot. I think he'll break your heart in the end, though.

If it's a choice between Andre Smith and Michael Oher, I'd lean towards the latter. Oher seems to require less external motivation and appears to less of a head case.

I wouldn't take him in round 1, I think there is a solid chance he drops too round two. Another problem with Smith is he is a RT in the NFL, more than that he may not even be a OT in the NFL but a RG, he has really bad feet. He is another Leonard Davis except Davis was stronger and more Athletic, this kid will freefall and will eventually end up at guard just like Davis did. Nothing wrong with that but he is not going to be a bookend.

I would not be surprised if he is a high round 3 pick. To much of a risk to really go higher than that, well to much of a risk for people not named Al Davis, but Al will hate his numbers and he is a numbers guy. I say round 3 if he is there take him like the Bears took Harrison last year who was also a first round talent who fell. It really doesn't matter how much they go OLine this year as they are so thin there, I don't think any Bear fans would object to Oher/Britton in round 1 and Smith in round 3.

Umm... I would rather have someone more on the insane side on my offensive and defensive lines. A headcase might be a good thing here folks. Someone with no regard for the value of human life is what I want on my line.

But it won't matter. He won't fall to 18, and he is too godd for Angelo to draft. Angelo is waiting for that player that might get injured, or has injury history, or some other thing. Angelo will screw this up again, no question. He drafted the only first round offensive tackle not to start a game in the first round last year, and will figure out how to be the only screw up this year as well.

I still hope the Bears win though.

Take Rashard Johnson at #18 or trade down to secure a few more picks in day (1).

I know it's a bit high but the thought of Steltz and now Josh Bullocks battling for the starting FS spot just scares the crap out of me...........

The Defense needs to be fixed, it was bad last year and hopefully adding a top safety talent can help stem the downward spiral in the secondary.

OT and WR can be addressed in round's (2) and (3).

On a side note, perhaps Jerry will at least explore the possibility of signing freshly released CB, Ken Lucas !! That will really lite a fire in Vasher's Jock.....

GO Bears !!

arteebee,
You nailed it Brother! As much as I like Smith,he lacks desire. Remember when Saban made some dude cry in his first training camp?I see a couple scenarios taking place if Smith is still around @sd's 16..a trade w/ the Queens. For some reason if Stafford isn't takin' 1st overall, he's gonna drop like a rock! Sanchez will never make it past the 49'ers, and the Queens will get ahead of the jets for Stafford.
SD will take a lineman w/ the Queens pick, but they aren't desperate. Somehow it's going to be Oher or Britton available to us.... not a bad position to be in!

Well Smith should have never taken that shirt off, or at least wore a bra.....That guys body was pretty darn close to jelly-and for a guy that should be working his butt off for the coin and NFL. I see this as a sign of things to come-he turns into the Pilsbury dough boy every off season....and then the injuries come. No thanks.Hope the Pack scopes up this turd.

You guys are ridiculous. Don't just look at what has happened over the past few months, look at everything that he did throughout his career. I've been a Bears fan my whole life but I live in Tuscaloosa, AL now. I can tell you that he has not caused a bit of trouble before December. He is a 21 year old kid who has made a few mistakes that were amplified by the media. And for those who question his ability to play, ask any defensive end that has had to line up against 'Dre for the past 3 years. The tape shows he was dominant in the toughest position against the best competition in college. If that doesn't project well, I don't know what to look for.

And its Rashad Johnson, not Rashard.

Round 1 Britton
Round 2 Delmas
Round 3 Lugis/Hunt
round 4 Ogletree

Thats my current mock for the Bears first 4 rounds.

I'm ridiculous-your'e the one living in Alabama....
Just kidding.Dude he missed his Bowl game-what is that all about....ummm oh yeah he wants his money. C'mon--red flags big time with this big turd.I hope he proves me wrong-but he seems to have big bust potential, as do alot of guys that are in it for the big rookie contract only. This kid has the physical tools-but when you step up to the NFL you have to have the love of the game and that means commitment physically and meantally-he has not shown that at all. So give me a break. By the way he got run over by Ayers fron Tenn...at the Senior bowl.Who is Ayers ? My point exactly. Ayers wouldn't even start on a NFL team. Anonymous please change your name to Homer.Peace.

Funny that you mention him getting run over by Ayers at the Senior Bowl because when I watched it he didn't play. Only seniors play in the Senior Bowl.

He missed the Sugar Bowl because an uncle solicited money from an agent that 'Dre had never met and did not sign with. Saban suspended him because he needed to be cautious until a full investigation could be conducted, same thing any smart coach would do with.

You can keep running your mouth, but his performance on the field will always speak louder. The coaches would be crazy not to take him. And don't call me a homer for an Alabama boy, I was born and raised in Chicago. Its not like I'm advocating for the Bears to take John Parker Wilson, I'm saying that they should take a guy who won the Outland Trophy and was a consensus top-5 pick about a month ago. If my Bears want to "get off the bus running," they definitely shouldn't pass up the best run blocker in the draft.

What do do? You don't take him avoid him like the plague. Mountain of a man? He's 6-foot-4 325-pounds. Most OTs go in the 6-5 to 6-8 range, and he's on the shorter end of 6-4. He's not muscular, he's fat and he played on one of the most hyped programs in the country.

Andre Smith Pro-Day Report

the pick will have turned into 2 3rd rounders by the time he falls to 18...which he very well might

This dude is the Tank Johnson of coach potatoes. Pass.

Don't worry he aint gona be no where around by time da bears pick, look for a receiver to be takin, I hope..at least

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