Jason Smith (American football)

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Jason Smith
No. --     Free Agent
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-04-30) April 30, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Dallas (TX) White
College: Baylor
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Debuted in 2009 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Games played 45
Games started 26
Fumble recoveries 0
Stats at NFL.com

Jason Smith[1] (born April 30, 1986) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the second overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Baylor University.

High school career[edit]

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.[2] He drew few scholarship offers and committed to Baylor on the same day that he received his offer.[3]

College career[edit]

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 an 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.[4]

College awards and honors[edit]

Professional career[edit]

2009 NFL Draft[edit]

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.[10] He scored a 23 on the Wonderlic Test.[11] Smith drew comparisons to Ryan Clady.[12]

Smith was drafted second overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.[13] He was Baylor's first first-round draft pick since Daryl Gardener in 1996.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5 in 309 lb 33¾ in 9⅞ in 5.09 s 1.75 s 3.00 s 4.69 s 7.53 s 24 in 8 ft 0 in 33 reps 23
All values from NFL Combine

St. Louis Rams[edit]

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.

When a member of the Rams, Smith was the starting right tackle. Though drafted as a left tackle, Smith was beaten out by 2010 Rams rookie Rodger Saffold.[14] As a rookie, in 2009, Smith played mostly right tackle, although he played some left tackle—the position for which he was drafted. In his rookie season Smith suffered a serious concussion November 22, 2009. "My situation was real serious," Smith related and it caused him to miss the remainder of his rookie season.[15]

New York Jets[edit]

The St. Louis Rams agreed to trade Smith to the New York Jets in exchange for tackle Wayne Hunter on August 27, 2012.[16] He was released from the Jets on February 19, 2013.[17]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On April 11, 2013, Smith signed with the New Orleans Saints.[18] On August 21, 2013, he was released by the Saints.[19]

Second stint with the Jets[edit]

On August 23, 2013, Smith was re-signed by the New York Jets.[20] He was released on August 31, 2013.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jason Smith Pro Football Reference". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jason Smith - Football Recruiting". Rivals.com. 
  3. ^ Howell, Jason (January 14, 2004). "Catching Up: Jason Smith". SicEmSports.com. 
  4. ^ Niyo, John (February 23, 2009). "NFL must adjust to the spread". Detroit News. 
  5. ^ "2008 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced". 
  6. ^ "Associated Press names 2008 All-America Team". 
  7. ^ "Rivals.com 2008 All-America Teams". 
  8. ^ "FWAA NAMES 2008 ALL-AMERICA TEAM". 
  9. ^ "Pro Football Weekly's 2008 All-America team". 
  10. ^ "Combine notebook: It's about keeping up with the Smiths". 
  11. ^ "Georgia's Matthew Stafford stands out with NFL Wonderlic score". Chicago Tribune. 
  12. ^ "Pro Football War Room: Jason Smith". SportingNews.com. 
  13. ^ "Baylor OT Smith ready for smooth transition to NFL". 
  14. ^ Smooth Draft: Rams Take Tackle Smith
  15. ^ "NFL still gathering data on concussions after instituting a new policy a year ago". 
  16. ^ Cimini, Rich; Chris Mortensen (27 August 2012). "Jets deal for RT Jason Smith". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  17. ^ Lange, Randy (19 February 2013). "Five Are Gone, but ‘They’ll Always Be Jets’". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Osgood, Will (April 12, 2013). "Evaluating the Saints' Free Agent Acquisition of OT Jason Smith". Bleacher Report. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  19. ^ Breech, John (August 21, 2013). "Saints release OL Jason Smith, Rams No. 2 overall pick in 2009". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  20. ^ Cimini, Rich (23 August 2013). "Jets re-sign Jason Smith [Updated]". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 23 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  21. ^ Lange, Randy (31 August 2013). "Jets Move 22, Get Down to 53-Man Active Roster". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 

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