Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Andre Smith should be a rookie starter at offensive tackle. After giving up 51 sacks last year and losing two starters to free agency, the Bengals needed an immediate upgrade to their offensive line. Enter Smith, who has been called a dominant run blocker and a solid pass blocker. He can come in and take over at left tackle for Levi Jones or move to right tackle, where a spot is open after Stacy Andrews left for the Eagles. A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 1/6 -- Andre Smith, OT, 6-4, 332, Alabama...The Bengals all along had him as their top-rated tackle. He was the best run blocker of the top four tackles and is also judged to be a solid pass blocker. The Bengals finalized their decision on Thursday when offensive line coach Paul Alexander made a surprise visit to Birmingham, Ala., to meet and weigh Smith. - by The Sports Xchange
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12/20/17 - T Andre Smith was placed on reserve/injured Wednesday with a knee injury. Smith, a ninth-year player, played in 13 games for the Bengals this season.
He started eight games, including the last six at right tackle. Smith, who originally was a Cincinnati first-round draft pick in 2009, played his first seven seasons with the Bengals before signing with and playing for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. The Bengals re-signed him as an unrestricted free agent this year. He has played in 99 career games with 85 starts.
08/21/17 - RG Andre Smith was signed this past offseason to give the Bengals some veteran experience as the starting right guard. But, that experiment is about over. Smith has spent most of the preseason at backup right tackle. Trey Hopkins has taken over at starting right guard and performed well.
10/10/16 - RT Andre Smith was placed on injured reserve by the Vikings and will have surgery to repair a torn triceps on Tuesday.
10/06/16 - RT Andre Smith (triceps) missed practice for the second straight day Thursday. Smith was knocked out of Monday night's game midway through the first quarter. Jeremiah Sirles replaced him and played as well if not better as the Vikings scored all 24 of their points with Sirles in the game. The line didn't allow a sack while Minnesota topped 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. The Vikings also scored their first two rushing touchdowns of the
10/05/16 - RT Andre Smith (triceps) did not practice Wednesday. He was injured in the game against the Giants in the first quarter.