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SCOUTING REPORT: A unanimous first-team All-American and Outland Trophy winner, the junior left tackle announced he was foregoing his senior season days after Alabama capped an otherwise stellar season with a 31-17 Sugar Bowl loss to Utah in a game it was forced to play without him. Smith was suspended for alleged dealings with a sports agent, bringing an end to an illustrious college career on the field. A starter from the day he first donned Crimson, Smith came to Tuscaloosa after becoming the only offensive lineman ever to be named "Mr. Football" in the state of Alabama. The mammoth lineman lived up to the hype, leading a Tide resurgence under coach Nick Saban highlighted by an undefeated regular season in 2008. By most accounts, Smith is expected to be a top-5 pick come April, and some actually have him rated as the No. 1 prospect overall. He allowed only one sack his junior year, a statistic made all the more impressive by the top-caliber competition he faced on a weekly basis in the SEC. He started 38 games in his three seasons, allowing just seven sacks. While counted on to protect the quarterback's blind side, he was also the centerpiece of an Alabama offensive line that ran for 185 yards per game. It's this excellence in both run- and pass-blocking, combined with his prototypical size, that make him the premier lineman available in this year's draft. - STATS


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OVERVIEW:

An impressive physical specimen who compares to Dallas Cowboys' guard Leonard Davis, Smith possesses outstanding agility and quickness for his size. Regarded as a premier offensive line prospect out of high school and one of the standouts of the 2005 recruiting class, he went on to establish himself as the elite at the college level, as evidenced by being named the recipient of the 2008 Outland Trophy.

Even at 343 pounds, Smith displays excellent foot speed and agility. He started every game (38) in which he played for the Crimson Tide, missing the 2009 Sugar Bowl when he was ruled ineligible for direct contact with an agent. In addition to earning the Outland Trophy in 2008, he was won Alabama's Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award, shared the Southeastern Conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy with Arkansas' Jonathan Luigs, was twice chosen an All-SEC first-team pick and added consensus All-American first-team notice in 2008.

Smith was a three-year starter at Huffman High School. He was the consensus top-rated offensive lineman in the country as a senior. The first-team All-American choice by USA Today and the U.S. Army, he was also a two-time All-State selection. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Bobby Dodd Award and named Alabama's Mr. Football by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, becoming the only offensive lineman to ever win the honor.

Smith was also named Mr. Football and the state's best prospect by The Birmingham News. The Rivals.com Alabama Offensive Lineman of the Year recorded 88 knockdown blocks and was named the Class 6A Lineman of the Year in 2005. He was one of four finalists for the Walter Payton Award, given to the best prep player in the nation.

Smith enrolled at Alabama in 2005, taking over at left tackle. He became the seventh true freshman in school history to start in his first career game since 1972, joining Larry Rose (1985), Jon Stevenson (1991), Terry Jones, Jr. (1988), Dante Ellington (1999), Saleem Rasheed (1999) and Tim Castille (2003). He delivered 70 knockdown blocks as he led the team by being on the field for 831 offensive and special teams plays.

Smith garnered team Player of the Week honors four times during his sophomore season, when he shed over 25 pounds from his once 370-pound frame prior to the season opener.

He started all 13 games, as he was named All-SEC and earned the league's Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He led the conference down linemen with 116 knockdowns and had fifteen touchdown-resulting blocks while allowing only 1.5 quarterback sacks on 472 pass plays. He was penalized five times and played the second part of the season with a left ankle sprain suffered vs. Tennessee and a right ankle sprain incurred the next week in the Louisiana State clash.

As a junior, Smith was a consensus All-American and unanimous All-SEC first-team pick. The Outland Trophy and Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipient saw his campaign get off to a rough start. He suffered a knee sprain in the season opener vs. Clemson that forced him to sit out the following week vs. Tulane and play just two quarters upon his return, vs. Western Kentucky. He also sprained his elbow in the season's sixth contest vs. Kentucky, but still delivered 103 knockdowns while pacing SEC blockers with seventeen touchdown-resulting blocks.


ANALYSIS:

Positives: Flashes rare initial quickness for such a large man, especially on the down block. Surprisingly quick getting to the second level as a run blocker or on screens. Explosive upper-body strength and can pancake defenders when he keeps his feet. Massive man with the deep kick-step and long arms to keep defenders at bay when in pass protection. Allowed only one sack in 2008. Can absorb the bull rush. Intuitive football player. Recognizes and reacts well to surprise blitzes. If presented with two rushers, chooses his correct assignment and effectively neutralizes at least one of the defenders, instead of trying (and failing) to handle both. Good effort downfield. Hasn't missed a game due to injury in three seasons at Alabama.

Negatives: Inconsistent initial quickness. Can be a step slow off the snap in pass protection, though his deep kick-step and massive frame allow him to catch up to the defender quickly. Inconsistent hand punch. Might be more passive than scouts would like. Too often absorbs blows from the defender, rather than initiating the action. Allows defenders to slip free from his blocks when he gets fundamentally lazy and leans, rather than driving his feet. Suspended for his final game, the Sugar Bowl against Utah, due to improper dealings with a sports agent.

Compares To: LEONARD DAVIS, Dallas -- Davis is at least two inches taller, but both could be better lined up inside. Davis proved to be a better interior performer after trying to play on the edge. While Smith might be a good fit at right tackle, some prefer him better as an interior lineman, feeling his lack of lateral range (especially moving to his left) is a big concern for a player that must protect the quarterback's blindside. To date, he has made a nice living vs. smaller opponents (average weight of his main blocking assignment over the last two years is 262.4 pounds, more than 80 pounds lighter than Smith), but in the NFL, he will face much bigger and much quicker defensive ends and his excellent straight-line explosiveness will compensate for his lateral mobility problems.


INJURY REPORT:

2007: Suffered a left ankle sprain vs. Tennessee (10/20)...Left the Louisiana State game (11/03) in the second quarter after spraining his right ankle. 2008: Left the Clemson game (8/30) in the third quarter and sat out the following week vs. Tulane with a right knee medial collateral ligament sprain...Suffered an elbow strain in the Kentucky clash (10/04)...Played with a flu-like virus vs. Mississippi (10/18).


CAREER NOTES:

In his last two seasons, Smith started 25 games, delivering 219 knockdowns and 33 touchdown-resulting blocks on a total of 1,463 plays...During that span, he was credited with 16 blocks downfield...Allowed only 2.5 quarterback sacks on 806 pass attempts by the Crimson Tide during the 2007 and '08 campaigns...Became the seventh true freshman in school history to start a season opener (2006 vs. Hawaii), joining Larry Rose (1985), Jon Stevenson (1991), Terry Jones, Jr. (1988), Dante Ellington (1999), Saleem Rasheed (1999) and Tim Castille (2003).


AGILITY TESTS:

Campus: 5.28 in the 40-yard dash...1.78 10-yard dash...2.94 20-yard dash...4.88 20-yard shuttle...7.62 three-cone drill...26 1/2-inch vertical jump...8'6" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times.

Combine: 5.28 in the 40-yard dash...Chose not to lift or work out and left the even early, saying he had switched trainers only a week before the Combine.


HIGH SCHOOL:

Attended Huffman (Birmingham, Ala.) High School, playing football for head coach Curtis Coleman...The three-year starter was the consensus top-rated offensive lineman in the country as a senior...The first-team All-American choice by USA Today and the U.S. Army, he was also a two-time All-State selection...In 2005, he was the recipient of the Bobby Dodd Award and was selected Alabama's Mr. Football by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, becoming the only offensive lineman to ever win the honor...Also named Mr. Football and the state's best collegiate prospect by The Birmingham News...The Rivals.com Alabama Offensive Lineman of the Year recorded 88 knockdown blocks and was named the Class 6A Lineman of the Year in 2005...One of four finalists for the Walter Peyton Award, given to the best prep player in the nation.


PERSONAL:

General Studies major...Born Andre D. Smith on 1/25/87...Resides in Birmingham, Alabama.

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