If you haven't noticed the "Depth Chart" listed on the Philadelphiaeagles.com has officially been renamed the "Unofficial Depth Chart." Officially proclaimed unofficial. Not surprising considering the scrutiny the chart receives on a daily basis from bloggers, more bloggers, and actual print journalists. Long story short, Todd Herremans is listed as your starting left tackle.
A Bob Brookover article in today's Inquirer reports that the Birds have visits scheduled with Virginia tackle Eugene Monroe and shamed Alabama tackle Andre Smith. Monroe is likely a top-tenner, while Smith, once a consensus top-fiver, is likely headed to the tens to mid-teens.
Sure Smith has massive bitch tits and acted like a brainless child at the combine, but such idiosyncrasies don't concern me. I wrote this back in October for my old site:
Andre Smith - Left Tackle - Alabama - 6′4″ 340
Playboy preseason All-American Andre Smith is the apple of
my eye. Smith walked into Alabama
as a freshman and has started at the left tackle position from day one. What
also should be mentioned is Smith also dominated from day one as well. As a
freshman Smith led the team in knockdown blocks (62) but struggled with
conditioning as his weight teetered over the 360 pound mark.Smith dropped 30
pounds in an intense offseason conditioning program and a breakout sophomore
campaign followed in 2007. Smith absolutely dominated the best conference in
college football. Smith's 2007 honor's include:
Co-winner of the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy
2007 Coaches First-Team All-SEC selection
Year-to-date 2008, Smith continues to dominate, and is a
major reason Alabama
RB Glen Coffee is averaging 7.5 yards per carry for the Tide. Smithhas also
been added to 2008 Outland Trophy Watch List (Best lineman in college football)
and the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List (Top lineman in the Football Bowl
I've always liked Smith because he reminds me a lot of Shawn
Andrews sans the Sponge Bob affectation and the depression issues. Enormous and
athletic,Smith is an absolutely dominant run blocker. With a handle on past
weight issues, Smith should be able to be a competent pass blocker in the NFL
as he develops his technique. It has been documented that Smith has a definite
mean streak when he steps between the lines. Smith is a Junior who could stay
at Alabama if
he feels the squad is on the cusp of a national championship. However, as a
projected first round pick, Smith will likely test the draft waters come April.
Until then, I will likely continue my passionate love affair with the big guy.
With those tits, it's no wonder why he was a Playboy preseason All-American. Smith went on to win the Outland Trophy given to the best down lineman in college football as well as the Jacobs Blocking trophy (again). He was also named as a first team All-American, and a first team All-SEC selection (for the third time in three years).
The only worry I have with Smith is that he's such a natural talent that he hasn't had to work for it up to this point. I mean, look at that picture, his tits and belly button look like Edvard Munch's "The Scream." His rack is straight up Winston Justice-ish.
I personally like Andre Smith better than Eugene Monroe (too many knee issues), Jason Smith (too many question marks - only 19 starts at LT), and Michael Oher (tiny brain). This opinion is based on straight performance evaluation - I have watched a ton of Alabama football over the past few years because OF Andre Smith - because I enjoy watching the guy absolutely destroy his opponents. As long as Smith's interview doesn't resemble Tommy Boy pitching Callahan brake pads (Andy Reid actually owns a 1928 Ford Model A - which resembles the car Farley lights on fire), I'd welcome any deal to move up and take the guy in the first round. All aboard the Andre Smith express.
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