2009 NFL Draft Prospects: <br> Andre Smith Profile
Strengths: Extremely strong and has nice bulk and wide base... Dominant run blocker and is a finisher... Nasty demeanor ... Generates leverage ... Natural knee bender ... Plays hard for four quarters ... Can get to the second level ... Solid in pass protection and displays awareness ... Strong hands ... Good technician against the run.
Weaknesses: Struggles with speed more often than the consensus opinion ... Sluggish kick step and tends to cross over his feet ... Average agility ... Doesn't have the explosive athleticism of an elite left tackle ... Major weight concerns in the past ... Lacks balance in pass protection occasionally ... Does not have long arms.
Summary: Smith has the ability to play left tackle in the NFL, but I do not think he is the top-five draft pick everyone else does. I have seen inconsistencies in games and quite frankly, I was surprised at what I saw when I watched him on film. He's an amazing run-blocker, but I do not give him a top-eight grade at the moment. He will likely go in the top five, but I feel he is one of the more overrated players in the country. My current draft grade is Smith is a solid first-round pick and not the elite player most Draftniks grade him as.
Player Comparison: Flozell Adams. Adams is overrated as a pass protector, but a phenomenal run blocker.
A little late on this par but here goes: Houston -134 and if time available going in the second tier spot the Dodgers either with the high ML or I may go the way of the RL. Another: Colorado -134, two open. Another: Nats -149, two open. Another: Boston -200 (Sale), two open. GL tonight folks.
With every sports outlet picking the Titans, I feel they are overrated. I had them underrated last year but loved their o-line. They keep referencing before Mariota got injured. The thing is they were getting killed by the Jaguars before that injury. They pulled out some huge wins vs KC and GB but also struggled in their own division. I also wonder how Mariota's injury heals for this season as it was late in the season. I think they will be more of a .500 team that keeps games close. Hopefully, that means they cover the spread as underdogs.