Andre Smith’s stock in free fall?

Andre Smith is having a rough 2009. He doesn’t get to play in the Sugar Bowl and he disappeared at the NFL Combine. And now one NFL analyst has blasted the former Alabama left tackle.

According to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said, “I’m dropping him down on my list,” Mayock said. “You don’t show up in shape for the biggest job interview of your life. You don’t lift. You don’t run. You don’t show up. It’s the worst thing you can do. How can you not show up in shape for this?”

And he didn’t stop there. “The minute he got away from the Saban umbrella, look what happened,” Mayock said.

In other words without a dictator like Nick Saban around, Smith wasn’t mature enough to keep himself in shape. You need to be a self-starter to succeed in the NFL.

These errors are sure to give scouts and NFL teams pause. Weight, maturity and work ethic are important for NFL teams, and Smith has done nothing in 2009 but raise questions about his fitness for the NFL. That is sad because Smith is a highly talented, smart and likable player.

According to, Smith will workout for scouts at Alabama’s Pro Day on March 11.