Andre Smith: Best Lineman Available

Cris ShumakerContributor IMay 26, 2009

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 1:  First round draft pick Andre Smith #71 of the Cincinnati Bengals waits his turn for a drill during rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 1, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Mark Lyons/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals have recently been criticized endlessly for lining up Andre Smith at right tackle during mini-camp.  Writers and analysts throughout football question why the Bengals would pay top five money for a right tackle.

The answer to that question is quite simple.  Andre Smith is not the best tackle on the team; that honor belongs to Andrew Whitworth.  Whitworth has been in the NFL for a few years now and has the savvy to go with his strength and technique to handle the best blockers the NFL has to throw at him.  Not to mention that Carson has the utmost trust and faith in Whit blocking the blind side.

The Bengals want to get their five best lineman on the field at their best positions.  Andre Smith is already a monster run blocker but needs to work a bit on his pass block, which makes the best fit for Smith to be the Bengals starting right tackle.