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2011 Denver Broncos Draft Cameos: Andre Smith

Tight End - Andre Smith, Virginia Tech

Height:  6'4"
Weight:  271
40yd:  4.80

Interest Level:

Private Workout:  Yes
Private Visit to Team Facility:  No
Attended Proday:  No
Other: -

Quick Take:

Classic long armed big framed TE prospect, he looks the part but has a ways to go before he can consistently play the part.  Big red zone target, has soft hands  and is versatile, having lined up at H-back, wing-back, slot and TE.  Blocks on the run, but has some fundamental flaws in his blocking game that are holding him back.  Bends at the waist and not nearly physical enough on down and angle blocks.  Needs to move his feet more and do better about setting up his base.  All that is lacking in the blocking category can be resolved with time and desire, because he has the tools.

Where He Goes in the Draft:

6th round.

What is Denver's Interest In Him?


Without projecting any trades or moves, Smith can be there for the Broncos in the sixth without much worry.  He brings a good developmental package with a high ceiling, which is rare for the 6th round.  TE is a position that Denver will have to be very patient with over the next two years, but this makes a good first step in the right direction, and gives the TE coaches something solid to work with.

Position, Name

CB Patrick Peterson

DT Marcell Dareus

QB Blaine Gabbert

Top OLB/DE Von Miller
DE Robert Quinn

DT Nick Fairley

QB Cam Newton

Middle OT Nate Solder
OT Anthony Costanzo
DE Da'Quan Bowers
DE Aldon Smith

Bottom DT/NT Phil Taylor
DE Adrian Clayborn
OG/C Danny Watkins
OLB Akeem Ayers


QB Jake Locker
QB Christian Ponder
DE Jabaal Sheard
QB Ryan Mallett
CB Brandon Harris
QB Andy Dalton

2 Middle RB Mikel LeShoure
OLB Bruce Carter
ILB Quan Sturdivant

Bottom OT Ben Ijalana
RB Daniel Thomas
DE Allen Bailey
DT Marvin Austin

Top QB Colin Kaepernick
LB Dontay Moch
3 Middle WR Greg Little
FS Quinton Carter

Bottom RB DeMarco Murray
WR Edmund Gates
RB Kendall Hunter
DT Kenrick Ellis
SS Jaiquawn Jarrett

Top RB Allen Bradford
4 Middle CB DeMarcus Van Dyke
TE DJ Williams

Bottom CB Kendric Burney
LB Casey Matthews
LB Mason Foster
5 Top TE Julius Thomas

Bottom LB Lawrence Wilson
TE Andre Smith

[Note:  All players in the table are ranked by overall grade within their round grouping, however, the round groupings are based on where this player will likely be drafted based on where teams are currently selecting in the draft.  Therefore a player is ranked within a group by his level of ability, but players in nearby groupings may have higher or lower actual grades, despite being in a different group.  Confusing enough for you? --Styg]