NFL Network even sent Steve Wyche to Atlanta to keep tabs on his progress. And while Smith, last season's Outland Trophy winner, didn't bomb his pro day, he also didn't look like the top-5 pick most scouts and NFL personnel types pegged him for just a month ago.
Smith ... said he was relying on Alabama's pro day to make up for the disappearing act he put on at the combine. Well, the first returns aren't overly impressive.PFT's Aaron Wilson adds: "According to our league source, Smith ran with no shirt on and was visibly overweight. With a group of trainers urging him on to run faster, Smith had a generally rough day."
Smith's best 40-yard dash time was 5.28 seconds, and he put up just 19 bench-press lifts at 225 pounds. His 40 time would not have been among the top 10 performers at his position in the combine, and his bench-press reps would have put him well behind the top 10.
To be fair, Smith is listed at 6-4, 330 pounds. I'm pretty sure everybody in attendance expected to see moobs when the top came off. That aside, the fact that USC kicker David Buehler was able to put up 225 pounds 25 times -- six more than a guy who outweighs him by more than a c-note -- well, that's not good.
As JJ Cooper mentioned in an e-mail: if the league asks Smith to come to New York to hang out in the Aaron Rodgers Memorial Green Room at the NFL Draft, his agent should do everything in his power to make sure that doesn't happen. Because, frankly, Smith might still be sitting there Sunday morning.
On the upside: at this rate, the Steelers might have a shot at landing a legit offensive lineman at the end of the first round. And it'll only end up costing Smith $15-$20 million in guaranteed dough.