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    With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

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    Height: 6'5"
    Weight: 309
    College: Baylor
    Conference: Big 12
    Hometown: Dallas, TX
    High School: W.T. White
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    Combine Results:
    40 Yard Dash : 5.22 seconds
    Bench Press : 33.0 reps
    Vertical Jump : 24.0 inches
    Broad Jump : 96.0 inches
    3 Cone Drill : 7.53 seconds
    20 Yard Shuttle : 4.69 seconds

    Overview
    A converted tight end with three years as a starter on a veteran-laden offensive line that featured four returning starters in 2008. It proved to be a season of redemption for the fifth-year senior, who was limited to seven games as a junior due to a MCL sprain in his right knee.

    Known for his pass-protection skills, Smith displayed solid drive-blocking technique in 2008. The team gained more than 65% of its rushing yardage on running plays to the left. With Smith leading the way, the Bears finished 21st in the nation and third in the Big Twelve Conference with an average of 195.75 yards per game on the ground. With their left tackle hobbled in 2007, Baylor ranked 113th nationally with 77.83 yards per game rushing.

    Smith earned All-American honors in 2008 and became the school's first non-special teams All-American since safety Adrian Robinson in 1995. He also became the Bears' first All-American offensive lineman since Mark Adickes in 1975 to receive national postseason honors. Only seven other offensive linemen since Barton Koch in 1930 have been able to claim All-American recognition in school history.

    Smith was a standout performer at W.T. White High School, where he was named to The Dallas Morning News Top 100 Area List (No. 95) as a senior. After earning first-team All-District honors as a sophomore and junior at offensive tackle, he moved to tight end, serving as team captain during his senior season.

    That year, he caught seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown en route to 2003 All-District 10-5A honors. The two-time team Most Valuable Player also competed in the 2004 Coca-Cola High School Football All-Star Game.

    Smith enrolled at Baylor in 2004, spending the season performing on the scout team as a tight end. He would be named that squad's MVP after the schedule was concluded. He was chosen Baylor's Most Improved Player in 2005, starting eight games at tight end. He made six of the thirteen receptions by Baylor tight ends that year, gaining 70 yards (11.7-yard average) that included a 2-yard touchdown vs. Oklahoma State.

    Smith shifted from tight end to right offensive tackle in 2006, starting all 12 games. He delivered 71 knockdowns and six touchdown-resulting blocks, leading the offense by appearing in 789 plays. A right knee sprain in the 2007 season opener vs. Texas Christian put Smith on the shelf for the next three contests. He returned, but re-injured the same knee vs. Colorado and missed two more games.

    Played 436 of the team's 859 offensive snaps, but managed to pace the Bears with 47 knockdowns and six touchdown-resulting blocks. In four of the seven games he appeared in, he did not allow his main coverage assignment to record a tackle. Based on that impressive showing, he was named All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention by the Associated Press.

    Nicknamed "Smooth," for his ability to easily slide out and lead on the sweep, Smith was an All-American and unanimous All-Big Twelve Conference first-team choice. The Bears' co-MVP delivered 96 knockdowns and led conference down linemen with 17 touchdown-resulting blocks. The team's 29 scoring runs rank third on the school's single-season list and were the most by a Bears' squad since 1994.

    High School
    Attended W.T. White (Dallas, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Zuffuto...Named to The Dallas Morning News Top 100 Area List (No. 95) as a senior...After earning first-team All-District honors as a sophomore and junior at offensive tackle, he moved to tight end, serving as team captain during his senior season...That year, he caught seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown en route to 2003 All-District 10-5A honors...The two-time team Most Valuable Player also competed in the 2004 Coca-Cola High School Football All-Star Game.


    NFL Draft Countdown analysis:
    Strengths:
    Outstanding athleticism...Very nimble and is extremely light on his feet...Quick and agile with good balance...Nice size with long arms and a frame that can accommodate more weight...Terrific range to pull and get to the second level...Has a powerful initial punch...Moves well laterally...Really excels in pass protection and can handle speed off the edge...Aggressive with a great motor...Plays the game with a nasty demeanor...Fantastic work ethic...Intelligent...Still has a lot of upside.

    Weaknesses:
    Must get stronger...Could stand to add some more bulk...Is not overly stout at the point of attack and will get bumped backwards...Doesn't get a great push in the run game...Has to improve his footwork and technique...Can be more consistent when it comes to leverage...May have some durability concerns...Did not operate in a pro style offense.

    Notes:
    Was a four-year starter in the Big 12...Began his college career as a tight end...Redshirted in 2004...Started eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2005 and finished the year with 6 receptions for 70 yards (11.7 avg.) and 1 touchdown...Was moved to the offensive line in 2006 and started all 12 games at right tackle...Kicked over to the left side and started there his final two seasons...Missed five games with a strained right MCL in 2007 and was also hampered by a foot injury...A 3rd Team All-American and 1st Team All-Big 12 as a senior...Played in a two-point stance in the Bears spread option attack...Still somewhat raw but has all the physical tools you look for as well as the first-rate intangibles that will help him maximize his potential...Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle prospect who will just continue to get better as he develops.


    Sporting News War Room analysis:
    Run blocking: Is highly competitive, which helps him overcome his lack of size to tie up and eliminate the defender. Is able to get a hold of the defender, keep his feet moving and rides him out of the play. Gets through the line of scrimmage to the second level quickly to make good initial contact with the linebacker. Grade: 7.5

    Pass blocking: Shows an explosive punch at times with strong finishing skills. Can mirror and slide with ease to recover and make block. Works to sustain inside hand placement on the defender. Plays with good leverage. Blocks speed rushers by sliding and running them upfield. Wins battles with defenders due to his heavy hands. Grade: 8.0

    Initial quickness: Shows good quick-twitch ability. Is fast off the line of scrimmage with impressive short area burst and explosion. Can slide out to cut off explosive, edge rushers with ease. Grade: 8.5

    Strength: Lacks the bulk to consistently play strong at the point of attack. Doesn't show enough power, is driven backwards by stronger defenders at times. Fails to consistently show strength to get movement on in-line run blocks. Grade: 6.5

    Mobility: Has excellent athleticism, footwork and playing speed to get out and block well out in space. Does a solid job pulling and past the line of scrimmage. Grade: 8.5

    Bottom line: Not only is Smith the best athlete among offensive line prospects in the 2009 draft, he's also a tireless worker who wants to be the best player on the field. There are not many negatives to his game. He will be a starter from the day he is drafted, and has a strong chance to be a Pro Bowler by his second NFL season.
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    Re: With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

    im liking this pick

    Rams obviously couldnt get someone to bite on a trade, and the Sanchez talk was all smoke
    Rams have a good OT for Jackson to run behind

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    Jason Smith!!!

    Great pick guys, he's 2-dimensional he can both run & pass block! We have to pick the best available guys with each pick as we build this team for the future. Look let's be honest, we won't be in the Super Bowl this year guys so we have to be patient and draft to build a strong team, and a team of "tough guys" as Coach Sprags has stated. Now we have a year to see what Marc looks like with better protection, and if we do not see improvement, then we should be in great position in next years draft to pick one of the numberous QB's that will be available.
    Now let's see who we draft in round 2 now or if we trade back into the 1st!
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    Re: With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

    Great pick, lets keep Bulger up right!

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    Re: With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

    ooooh...lady legs....ewwww... ok..i`ll give him my backing..im only a fan,not an expert.

    welcome aboard lady legs..i mean Jason Smith..hope you prove me wrong!

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    Re: With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

    Some folks may not consider this a sexy pick.

    After last season, however, I find big ol' offensive tackles plenty sexy.

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    Re: With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

    So far, so good.

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    Re: Jason Smith!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ManofGod View Post
    Great pick guys, he's 2-dimensional he can both run & pass block! We have to pick the best available guys with each pick as we build this team for the future. Look let's be honest, we won't be in the Super Bowl this year guys so we have to be patient and draft to build a strong team, and a team of "tough guys" as Coach Sprags has stated. Now we have a year to see what Marc looks like with better protection, and if we do not see improvement, then we should be in great position in next years draft to pick one of the numberous QB's that will be available.
    Now let's see who we draft in round 2 now or if we trade back into the 1st!
    I'm OK with this pick. The guy seems to be a good character guy with some upside. Hope he can keep a nasty steak in him to bring some toughness to the OLine.

    Go Rams

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    Re: With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

    It was the Right choice, he will help us tremendously.

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    Re: With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

    something tells me Curry should have been our pick. But Smith will do for our OL sake.
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    Re: With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

    yea a great pick... this caps off a great offseason beacuse we filled a great replacment for pace in a run blocking LT.we will now be a much better rushing team. a perfect player to help protect our best player in jackson.

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    Re: Jason Smith!!!

    Solid pick. I was wanting Curry over him but we do need O-line help.

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    Re: Jason Smith!!!

    Excellent pick. Fantastic person, with a hell of a mean streak on the field. I went back and forth between Curry and OT (Curry of late), but Smith was always my choice at Tackle.

    Excited to see what happens behind us now. Hoping for the run on tackles to begin, to hopefully drop some WR/LB.


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    Re: With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

    Congrats to Jason Smith and the Rams. I still wanted Curry, but if not him, this was the next logical choice. MB and SJax will be happy.

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    Re: With the 2nd overall pick, the Rams select Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

    Great Curry goes to Seattle. Who will line up against him?
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