you said you liked him better when he was named Aklli. I just do not see the comps. A guy who plays less than 15 games in DI. Who has a strong arm but nobody says he had touch. Was taken third because the higher rated passers Couch (also a bust) and McNabb were already gone. I recall that Smith had huge question marks - he had not played many games. There were many flops during that era: Russell, Leaf, Couch, McNown, Harrington, Carr, Ware, Shuler, Klinger . . .
There were other guys with huge arms who kind of busted Jeff George
There were some other guys who were athletic who made it kind of Mike Vick, Rodgers and McNair.
I am just kind of confused why you would select a black flop when white flops or black sucess stories (McNair) were on the table? (I am not a Cincinnati fan so I cannot remark on the can't miss or savior part). I thought your post was kind of odd and resembled some other posts I had read pre-trade on the Cleveland Browns blogs in which folks seem kind of upset when in discussing the Browns need to move-up to draft RGIII was met by some Akili Smith comparisons. but I believe your heart - I will drop it.