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Jason Smith
No. 77     St. Louis Rams
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: April 30, 1986 (1986-04-30) (age 23)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
College: Baylor
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Debuted in 2009 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Games played     8
Games started     5
Fumble recoveries     0
Stats at NFL.com

Jason Smith (born April 30, 1986 in Dallas, Texas) is an American football offensive tackle for the St Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

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High school career

Smith attended W.T. White High School, in Dallas, Texas. He was a First-team All-District honors as a sophomore and junior as an offensive tackle. As a senior he was moved to tight end, catching seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown. He was rewarded with All-District honors as a senior.

At 6′5″ and 220 lb (100 kg) Smith did not have ideal size and was only considered a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.[1] He drew few scholarship offers and committed to Baylor on the same day that he received his offer.[2]

College career

After redshirting his first season at Baylor, Smith played tight end in 2005, appearing in 11 games, starting eight. He caught 6 passes for 70 yards and one touchdown. As a sophomore in 2006, he was moved to the offensive line and started all 12 games of his sophomore season at right tackle. Despite missing several games due to a sprained knee, Smith earned an All-Big 12 honorable mention as he started seven games at left tackle as a junior.

Prior to his senior year, Smith graduated a year early from the school in May 2008, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in recreation. As a senior in 2008 he was an All-American selection and a All-Big 12 Conference selection as well. Smith was named Baylor's co-Most Valuable Player. He was credited by the school with 96 knockdown blocks, which were the most ever by a Baylor offensive lineman. Smith gave up 3½ sacks and was penalized five times. With Baylor running a spread offense since the arrival of new head coach Art Briles, Smith was usually in a two-point stance for pass protection, which caused NFL scouts to question his run blocking ability.[3] Picked 2nd overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, Smith is the highest drafted player out of Baylor tied with Mike Singletary.

College awards and honors

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

At the 2009 NFL Combine, Smith recorded the 11th-fastest 40-yard dash (5.09 seconds), tied for the fourth-most repetitions in the bench press (33), and was sixth in the three-cone drill (7.53 seconds) among all offensive linemen who participated.[9] He scored a 23 on the Wonderlic Test.[10] Smith drew comparisons to Ryan Clady.[11]

Smith was drafted second overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.[12] He is Baylor's first first-round draft pick since Daryl Gardener in 1996.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′5″ * 309 lb * 5.22 * 1.75 * 3.00 * 4.69 * 7.53 * 24″ * 8′0″ * 33 * 23 *

(* represents NFL Combine)

St. Louis Rams

On July 30, 2009 the Rams agreed to terms with Smith on a six-year contract with $33 million in guarantees. The maximum value of the deal is $61 million. The sixth year is voidable, which would leave Smith with $6.6 million per year over five years. [13]

References

  1. ^ "Jason Smith - Football Recruiting". Rivals.com. http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=23731.  
  2. ^ Howell, Jason (January 14, 2004). "Catching Up: Jason Smith". SicEmSports.com. http://baylor.rivals.com/barrier_noentry.asp?script=content.asp&cid=256702.  
  3. ^ Niyo, John (February 23, 2009). "NFL must adjust to the spread". Detroit News. http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090223/SPORTS0101/902230316/1004.  
  4. ^ "2008 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced". http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10410&ATCLID=3626465.  
  5. ^ "Associated Press names 2008 All-America Team". http://www.ncaafootball.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=34&url_article_id=15445&change_well_id=2.  
  6. ^ "Rivals.com 2008 All-America Teams". http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=887528.  
  7. ^ "FWAA NAMES 2008 ALL-AMERICA TEAM". http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2008/allamerica081213.html.  
  8. ^ "Pro Football Weekly's 2008 All-America team". http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/College+Football/College+Football+Extras/2008/allamerica.htm.  
  9. ^ "Combine notebook: It's about keeping up with the Smiths". http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20090221/PKR01/90221075/1058.  
  10. ^ "Georgia's Matthew Stafford stands out with NFL Wonderlic score". http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-22-pompei-scout-mar22,0,7151782.story.  
  11. ^ Pro Football War Room: Jason Smith, SportingNews.com, http://warroom.sportingnews.com/nfl/draft/2009/players/8404.html  
  12. ^ "Baylor OT Smith ready for smooth transition to NFL". http://www.nfl.com/combine/story?id=09000d5d80ed3621&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true.  
  13. ^ http://www.stlouisrams.com/article/73022/

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