First, he skipped an early NFL Draft combine after showing up out of shape -- a decision he now says he regrets.
Then, the plan was to wow the scouts yesterday at his Pro Day. There's video of his workout from NFL.com, but by some accounts, Smith didn't help himself.
"[SI.com's Tony] Pauline writes that Smith's lack of preparation was obvious as he was overweight. One scout called the performance, 'one of the worst workouts I've ever seen.'"
"Another AFC East scout told Pauline: 'He lost millions today.'
However, There are other opinions out there about Smith -- specifically from Smith:
Several mock drafts, including one at NFL.com, predict the Bears will take an offensive tackle with the 18th overall pick. If you believe the anti-hype, it's possible Smith's stock has fallen at least that far.
The Bears took a chance on an offensive tackle in the first round of last year's draft with Vanderbilt's Chris Williams. Despite his failure to make a significant contribution last season, Williams is a projected starter in 2009. The team signed Frank Omiyale from the Carolina Panthers, but there's still a need for young talent at the position.
So our question is, if Andre Smith is available when the Bears are on the clock, do they take a chance on Smith?