Smith has been Bengals’ primary starting ROT since October of 2010 ... Has played on six Bengals playoff teams ... Contributed in 2015 to offense ranking seventh in NFL in scoring (26.2) ... Returned from triceps injury that ended his 2014 season after Game 11 ... Helped 2015 Bengals rank seventh in NFL in yards per play (5.7) and tied for seventh in fourth down efficiency (58.3 percent).
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.
2015 highlights: Started 14 games (Games 1-7 and 10-16) at ROT, and also started Wild Card playoff ... Missed Games 8-9 due to concussion suffered on Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh ... On Sept. 13 at Oakland, helped lead pass protection that allowed no sacks and supported 396 yards net offense ... Supported a second straight sack-free game Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, with 175-yard rushing output ... Provided pass protection for QB Andy Dalton to register a career-high 383 yards on Sept. 27 at Baltimore ... Provided a key block for 13-yard TD run by RB Giovani Bernard on Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, and helped allow no sacks as Bengals posted first game in franchise history with more than 300 net passing yards (321) and four rushing TDs ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, helped offense accumulate 419 total yards and score 17 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 24-7 deficit ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, helped allow no sacks as Andy Dalton posted 118.6 passer rating, with three TDs and no INTs ... Contributed to 376 yards offense Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, with no sacks allowed to Rams’ highly rated pass rush ... Supported season-high Andy Dalton passer rating (146.8) on Dec. 6 at Cleveland, with only one sack allowed ... On Dec. 20 at San Francisco, supported 115.6 passer rating for AJ McCarron in QB’s first NFL start ... Helped Bengals rush for 145 yards (5.4 per carry) in Jan. 3 win over Baltimore.
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. 2011—Started at ROT in Games 1-12 and 15-16, and in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive for Games 13-14 due to ankle injury ... 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 ... 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—Started all 16 games, and Wild Card playoff ... Helped HB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rank first in NFL in third-and-one rushing conversions (93.3 percent success rate, on 14 of 15) ... 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 season-best 221 rushing yards, with 6.5 average, on Nov. 25 vs. Oakland. 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 ... 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) ... 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. 2014—Missed all of ’14 preseason while rehabbing from a concussion, but was able to start season opener ... Nine starts and games played on the season ... Inactive (ankle) for Games 9-10, and placed on Reserve/Injured list on Nov. 25, following triceps injury suffered in Game 11 ... Was key cog in Bengals pass protection for the nine games he played, and Bengals finished season ranked third in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23) and in least sack yardage allowed (123) ... Part of protection that allowed no sacks in Games 1-3 for first time in franchise history ... Supported protection on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee which allowed no sacks of QB Andy Dalton for third consecutive game ... Credited by coaches with the key block on Giovani Bernard’s 89-yard TD run, second-longest in Bengals history, on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina ... 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.
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.