MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former Alabama offensive tackle Andre
Smith was chosen sixth overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL
The Outland Trophy winner and first-team All-American skipped his senior season. He watched the draft surrounded by family members in Birmingham on Saturday and raised both arms in the air when his pick was announced.
Smith started 38 games in three seasons at left tackle for the Crimson Tide. He is the first Alabama player picked in the opening round since Chris Samuels and Shaun Alexander in 2000.
Other potential opening-day picks from state colleges include Auburn defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and Crimson Tide safety Rashad Johnson.