I have actually thought that Robaire Smith has played pretty well for a DE in our scheme. I haven't noticed the a significant drop in his preformance over the course of a game, or at least any more of a drop that one can expect from a 300lb D-lineman. I will admit to buying into the hype of Payne, ie. assuming that he would automatically be back to his 2003 form prior to his injury. I am honestly concerned about the amount of money we are dropping on Walker, at his best he is a solid B+ level end that will occupy a couple blockers and seal the edge...problem is his inconsistency.
Just my observations, a former big ugly like Ogre (quality poster here on the boards) might have some better observations since I spent most of my football time trying to catch balls and making sure my hair looked good.