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. Throughout his career he has been a member of the Rams, the New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints.

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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