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Would Andre Smith be better off as a guard?

Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:32 pm
A. Smith (Getty) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bengals OT Andre Smith is only the latest first-round draft bust selected by an organization known pretty well for its first-round draft busts.

Cincinnati selected Smith No. 6 in the 2009 draft, and despite his awful decision to run the 40 at his Pro Day without his shirt, the Bengals paid him a fortune to be the left tackle of the future.

That obviously hasn’t happened, as former G Andrew Whitworth holds down that position in Cincinnati (and despite a lack of Pro Bowl recognition, does a pretty darn good job of it).

So, what to do about Smith, who signed a six-year, $42 million deal at the beginning of his career (with $21 million guaranteed)? After all, he’s perpetually overweight, and he’s perpetually hurting with injuries (the two aren’t necessarily independent of each other). He’s only made five career starts, and for most of his career, he’s been behind Dennis Roland, a much-less talented but harder-working giant of a man.’s
James Walker floats an interesting idea.

According to Walker, the Bengals coaches are discussing the idea of making Smith a guard instead of a tackle. As Walker writes, “perhaps a move inside could help jump-start Smith's career. He's never had the prototypical body for an offensive tackle. His strength is his girth, not his feet or ability to move quickly in space. Therefore, his weaknesses won't be exposed as much at guard.”

It’s maybe not a bad idea.

But, even so, you have to question the Bengals scouting and drafting skills to move their future left tackle inside to a guard position. Well, unless, you’re owner Mike Brown – then, you cite an obscure stat about how your draft days are relatively successful and go merrily on your way.

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Posted on: March 19, 2011 11:11 am

Would Andre Smith be better off as a guard?

James Walker. I just dont know about you bro. The Bengals brass has been taliking about this for months. The reality is Smith is the most talented lineman they have, and could be top 3 in the league. Problem is he's a fat, lazy, complacent individual that lacks any sort of drive. The times he has played he's dominated, and only looked bad against the fastest of ends. Watch his tape, he's totally mauled alot of guys. Smith's only weakness is not being properly motivated. The Bengals knew this was his issue and drafted him too high anyway.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: March 19, 2011 1:07 am

Would Andre Smith be better off as a guard?

well try it out and see if he can do it.But i don t think he has the speed.This kid is still young,it takes time to play at the nfl level at OT.

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