While his talent was seen as the best among offensive linemen in the 2009 class, Andre Smith hasn’t fully lived up to his draft stock. Even so, after being taken No. 6 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals that year, Smith has had an NFL career that could be classified as “solid”. There have been bumps in the road, particularly in the early part of his NFL life, but Smith was a big part of the Bengals’ run to five straight postseason appearances from 2011-2015.
Smith reunited with the Bengals this offseason after the team lost its two best offensive linemen in free agency. His one-year contract shows that his stint with the team might be little more than a short-term band-aid, but it could be a much-needed one as the offensive line currently stands as the biggest question mark on the 2017 squad.
In his reunion with the Bengals, Smith is looking to man a new position for him at the pro level—right guard. On both Cincy Jungle and The Orange and Black Insider podcast, we’ve been giving a fair amount of crazy predictions for the team and what could ensue during the 2017 season.
Why this prediction is likely:
Better positional fit?: Although Smith was No. 6 overall pick as a tackle, some believed he would always be an All-Pro type of guard in the NFL. He dabbled at playing inside in college at Alabama, but he has never lined up at guard in the NFL. Still, we’ve seen Smith struggle in pass protection against the smaller, quicker edge…
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