Tackle Andre Smith might have cost himself millions of dollars Wednesday at his workout at the University of Alabama. In fact, it's hard to imagine him having a worse performance in front of the 50-plus NFL coaches, GMs and scouts.
Smith could have been the first or second overall pick had he taken the offseason program seriously. Now? He could well slide all the way to the third round.
Even before his pro day workout, Smith showed up at the NFL Scouting Combine out of shape, refused to work out and then left abruptly without informing league officials.
On Wednesday, Smith (6-4 1/4) weighed in at a slimmer 325 pounds but still looked soft. Scouts observed him "jiggling" when running the two 40-yard dashes in 5.30 seconds and 5.36 seconds. His lack of preparation showed the most in the 225-pound bench press -- he managed 19 repetitions but seemingly struggled to complete each one.
His other measureable drills were just as poor: 1.86 and 1.89 seconds in the 10-yard dash; 3.04 seconds and 3.08 seconds in the 20-yard dash; 25-inch vertical jump; 7-foot, 10-inch broad jump; 4.95 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle; and 8.08 seconds in the three-cone drill.
Smith did look more athletic in the positional drills, but it was clear he hadn't put in the necessary time to prepare for his pro day. It appears as if he is a player who will forever have to be pushed and prodded to work hard off the field. He was a dominant college player, but he doesn't understand the level of commitment the NFL game demands.
It seems unlikely that he'll be able to contribute as a rookie in 2009, and he might need a season or two to become NFL-ready, assuming he puts in the work.
Russ Lande founded GM Jr. Scouting LLC