…the Cincinnati Bengals select Alabama OT Andre Smith.
The Bengals entertained a trade offer from a team with a mid-round pick which offered that selection plus a starting right tackle, but that player will be a free agent in 2010 and Cincinnati had no guarantee it would be able to sign him prior to next March. The team declined to add a second-round selection in 2010 to the deal, leaving the Bengals stuck at six.
With the top two tackles, Aaron Curry and Michael Crabtree off the board, the Bengals considered both Brian Orakpo and Tyson Jackson, but in the end the team already has both money and draft picks invested at DE, while the o-line at best lacks depth, and at worst lacks starters. Andre should be able to contribute immediately at RT, assuming the Bengals can get him into camp on time.