He and I have something in common, we both believe Andre Smith's draft status WAS NOT CHANGED by what happened this past weekend at the NFL Combines.
There is no doubt in my mind that Andre will still be a Top 15 pick (In fact, I still think Top 10). I know there was discussion at one time of him being the first guy taken in the draft, but if you were paying attention, pre-combine conversations had turned to two other tackles being taken before him because of his body type etc.
Andre Smith was a big story at the combine, there is no denying that. Andre has made a couple of major errors since the SEC Championship game. Andre will also find out, that as the draft gets closer, his talents and potential will garner more interest from NFL Teams than a slip up in protocol at the NFL Combines.
I believe Nick Saban called longtime friend and NFL scout/analyst Chris Landry (Also on our show Tuesday) to get him and Andre together. Landry has given Andre some solid advice that he will follow. The March 11th Pro Day in Tuscaloosa will meet NFL teams expectations and Andre Smith will make millions of dollars.
The NFL Combine will not hurt his draft status, two better prospects at tackles will.
The drama that seemed so big over the weekend was the product of a media gathering in Indianapolis with very little "real news". Timing is everything, and there are those who pump a story for every drop to fill air time (both local and national on-air talent)
Andre joins recent college stars like Vince Young, Ted Ginn and Brady Quinn as guys not working out at the combine.
It is now Andre Smith's job to make sure that his career starts better than those three.