When you perform as well as Jason Smith did at the NFL combine in the workouts portion of the scouting there is really no need to perform on a pro-day. That’s exactly what Smith did choosing only to do interviews and some position drills for NFL scouts.
Smith was one of the top performers at the NFL combine in all the workout aspects. He is rumored to be potential Top-5 pick in the upcoming draft in the minds of some. He is definitely the type of player that would fit in well with the Bears and he makes NFL scouts drool. He is a complete player talent wise and intelligence and character wise.
The Bears are said to be highly interested in Smith and why not given that offensive tackles on his levels are at a premium. Even though the Bears recently drafted an OT from last year’s draft losing John Tait to retirement and possibly John St. Clair to free agency would leave a hole on the right side.
Smith impressed former Chicago Bear and Baylor Bear and current 49ers coach Mike Singletary greatly when the two met at the Baylor homecoming last fall.
The quote from Singletary goes a long way in describing what type of character Smith has the type of work ethic he puts forth and the type of player he likely will be in the NFL. He’s one of those kids that earns instant respect for everything he does on and off the field.
Now in fairness Charlie Casserly (former Texans GM) on the NFL network spoke about some of the struggles that Smith had at the combine. The one drill is called the push and pull that shows his anchor ability against a bull rusher. Casserly said that his lower body strength looked weak and that Smith struggled in the drill. It is a given that every NFL prospect is not a perfect product. In Casserly’s mind Smith is not at Top-10 level pick and that Eugene Monroe is not a Top-10 level pick either. Andre Smith in Casserly’s mind has the most ability.
Of all the talking heads on the networks these days at least Casserly has experience in this field of scouting as a former GM.
Whether or not the Bears move up to take Smith or whether or not a lot of GMs feel the same way as Casserly does remains to be seen. But given all of the positive aspects of Smith’s game if he is there at 18 it would seem to be a no-brainer to take him.