"Wade Smith is a very good athlete who I thought should be a starter by this his 4th or 5th season. He was a converted tight end (at Memphis) who had a great deal of athletic ability. I liked his feet, bend and quickness. I didn't think he had the necessary strength nor was he a consistent finisher coming out of college. But my theory is if a lineman can bend his knees and has size and intelligence, he can eventually play. George Young used to always say, you can tell on skill people in their first training camp if they can play, but you have to wait on big men. As a college player, he looked very natural at left tackle. Good kick and slide with some recovery. If he is now strong enough, guard is a far easier position to play."
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