Smith continued in starting ROT role in 2014 before suffering triceps injury on Nov. 23 at Houston that ended his season ... Key cog in Bengals pass protection for his nine games played, and Bengals finished season ranking third in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23) and in least sack yardage allowed (123) ... Helped team finish sixth in NFL in rushing (134.2 yards per game) ... Credited by coaches with the key block on Giovani Bernard’s 89-yard TD run on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina ... Was a major Bengals re-signing for 2013 from the unrestricted free agent ranks ... Missed all of ’14 preseason while rehabbing from a concussion, but was able to start season opener ... Has held starting ROT role when healthy since October 2010.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2009 NFL Draft (sixth overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 8-30-09 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 4-26-13.
2014 highlights: Started Games 1-8 and 11 at ROT, and inactive (ankle) for Games 9-10 ... Placed on Reserve/Injured list on Nov. 25 following triceps injury suffered in Game 11, on Nov. 23 at Houston ... Part of protection that allowed no sacks in Games 1-3 for first time in franchise history ... Helped pave way for 170 rushing yards Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta ... Supported protection on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee which allowed no sacks of QB Andy Dalton for third consecutive game ... Helped power the way for three one-yard TD runs in goal line situations on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, including game winning TD by Andy Dalton on fourth-and-one late in the fourth quarter ... Left game in first quarter with triceps injury on Nov. 23 at Houston, and placed on Reserve/Injured list on Nov. 25.
Previous seasons: 2009—Missed most of preseason due to contract negotiations, then suffered fracture in left foot on Sept. 1 (his first week of practice) ... Was on roster exemption for season opener, Sept. 13 vs. Denver ... Added to roster on Sept. 14, and returned to practice the week of Game 7 ... Inactive for Games 2-10 ... Played in Games 11-16, and credited with one start ... Made NFL debut on Nov. 29 vs. Cleveland ... Supported three individual 100-yard rushing efforts over season’s final six games, and aided a Bengals playoff record of 169 rushing yards by HB Cedric Benson in Wild Card playoff on 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets. 2010—Claimed No. 1 ROT position in Games 6-8, but suffered foot fracture (fifth metatarsal) in practice Nov. 10, forcing him to Reserve/Injured list on Nov. 13 ... Helped offense rank fifth in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed per passing play (one every 22.07 plays). 2011—Started at ROT in Games 1-12 and 15-16, and in Wild Card playoff ... Left Game 12, Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, due to ankle injury, and was inactive for Games 13-14 ... Contributed to pass protection that ranked tied for fourth in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (25) ... On Sept. 11 at Cleveland, averted a giveaway by recovering an Andy Dalton fumble at Bengals eight-yard line ... Helped team rush 32-for-171 (5.3 average) Oct. 2 vs. Buffalo, including 104 yards for HB Cedric Benson ... On Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, supported pass-protection effort that held Colts for the first time on season without a sack, playing primarily against standout DE Robert Mathis ... Aided 165-yard rushing total on Dec. 24 vs. Arizona. 2012—One of 10 Bengals to start all 16 games, and also started Wild Card playoff ... Helped HB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rank first in NFL in third-and-one rushing conversions, edging Houston’s Arian Foster by one (14-13), and Green-Ellis had only 15 attempts to Foster’s 19 ... Part of run-blocking effort for Green-Ellis to gain at least 100 yards four times in five-game stretch (Games 10-12 and 14), with 168.2 team average in that span ... Supported blocking effort Sept. 23 at Washington that netted season highs in yards (478) and points (38) ... Supported season-best 221 rushing yards, with 6.5 average, on Nov. 25 vs. Oakland ... In Thursday night win Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, aided 106-yard rushing total by Green-Ellis, who became only second player in team history to have four 100-yard rushing totals in span of five games. 2013—Started in Games 1-11 and 13-16 at ROT, and came off bench in Game 12 ... Contributed to Bengals NFL rankings of tied for sixth in scoring and 10th in net offense ... Key cog in pass protection that allowed only one sack over Games 11-14, tying team record for fewest sacks allowed in four-game span ... On Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, helped offense allow no sacks with 407 net yards ... Helped power offense to 162 rushing yards on Oct. 6 vs. New England ... Aided blocking effort on Oct. 13 at Buffalo in which Bengals tallied a season-high in total net yards (483), including season-highs in both rushing (165) and passing (318) yards ... On Oct. 20 at Detroit, helped lead protection that allowed only one sack as Dalton posted 135.9 passer rating ... On Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets, contributed to pass protection allowing only one sack for two yards as Andy Dalton threw career-best five TD passes ... On Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, helped keep Dalton sack-free for third straight game and supported 155-yard rushing effort, and Dalton was named AFC Offensive Player of Week with 120.5 passer rating ... Contributed to 439-yard offensive output in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
College: Played three seasons (2006-08) at Alabama, entering NFL Draft after his junior year ... Consensus 2008 All-America selection, rated among the most powerful run blockers in Southeastern Conference history, and won Outland Trophy, the “Heisman for linemen” ... Started 38 games at LOT over three seasons, and was credited with 46 TD-producing blocks ... Was only the seventh true freshman in Crimson Tide history to start his first game in the program ... As a sophomore in 2007, he shared SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy with Arkansas C Jonathan Luigs, who was a Bengal in ’09.
Personal: Hometown is Birmingham, Ala. ... Attended Huffman High School, where he was the consensus top-rated offensive lineman in the nation as a senior ... Also as a prep senior, became the first OL to win the state of Alabama’s “Mr. Football” award ... General studies major at Alabama ... Enjoys fishing and playing the guitar.
If Sir Winston Churchill once said of Russia it "is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma," you wonder what he would he would say about Bengals right tackle Andre Smith.
As the Bengals closed up shop Friday night after the third round of the NFL Draft, head coach Marvin Lewis sounded like a man who knew his team is right about where he wants it.
With the first round of the NFL Draft riding into its long day's journey into night on the usual plethora of rumors, Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday morning looked as resolute as head coach Marvin Lewis last week.