Could the Bengals’ early struggles with Andre Smith and the Alabama coaching staff scare the team away from taking Bama players this season?
I doubt it.
But considering the number of Crimson Tide players expected to go in the first round and Cincinnati’s last dealings with Alabama, it is an interesting point to consider. In case you’ve forgotten, Marvin Lewis didn’t believe the Alabama coaches were completely honest (“weren’t shooting straight”) when sharing information about Andre Smith, a first-round pick who struggled with weight and injury issues before playing fairly well this past season.
Whether or not Smith’s previous struggles will affect this year’s draft strategy remains unlcear, but I think it’s rather unlikely. Alabama has a number of first-round prospects, including running back Trent Richardson, and I think it’s doubtful that a previous sore spot would completely scare the Bengals away from Alabama players. But it is an interesting storyline in a draft that always seems to have plenty of them.