Lions can't be impressed with Andre Smith

February, 21, 2009
2/21/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
 
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  The Lions are unlikely to take Alabama tackle Andre Smith.

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you're keeping a running short list of the possibilities for Detroit's No. 1 overall pick, you're probably safe crossing off Alabama tackle Andre Smith's name.

Smith's combine experience started with concern about his weight -- which he said was 332 pounds, down from 345 -- and his decision not to work out. It continued Saturday when he was reported to have left Indianapolis altogether among conflicting reports about his plans.

Even players that skip the actual workouts typically stay in town to conduct individual interviews and meetings with the teams. Combined with his suspension for the Sugar Bowl last month year, and Smith is accumulating a few too many red flags for the No. 1 overall pick.

Lions officials have had dinner with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford and lunch with USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. And if the Lions decide to look toward the tackle position, you would have to think that Baylor's Jason Smith, Virginia's Eugene Monroe and possibly even Mississippi's Michael Oher have all leapfrogged Andre Smith in Indianapolis.

As we wrap up combine coverage Sunday, we'll endeavor to bring you a more detailed breakdown of the top of the draft.

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