It's very hard to believe that a player who was considered to be the safest pick in the draft class has fallen to fifth round value, but that's what it has come to.
Another highly touted player from that same draft was the St. Louis Rams' choice with the second overall pick, Jason Smith from Baylor University.
Very similar to Aaron Curry, Smith has found himself benched this season and has failed to live up to the hype that surrounded him out of college. When Smith was drafted second overall, it was expected that he would take over at the left tackle position and be the type of anchor that Orlando Pace used to.
Instead, Jason Smith never got comfortable on the left side of the offensive line and was moved to right tackle. At the time, it appeared that the right side would be the best fit for Jason Smith's power run blocking. His power blocking combined with then rookie Rodger Saffold's pass blocking ability would be a great combination for years to come. Well maybe Smith was scouted wrong out of college, but he has never shown much dominance in the run game, or shown a mean streak.
Do not be surprised if the Rams ship Jason Smith out of town. Back in the Spring of 2010, they traded their first round pick Alex Barron after four seasons for Bobby Carpenter. The trade was pretty much the same as cutting Barron because Carpenter did not even make St. Louis' week 1 roster that season.
Will Jason Smith Be Traded?
For a team that could use some change, a move as large as this trade would definitely send a message to underachieving players that St. Louis means business.
Most of all, the Rams cannot afford to keep Smith around without restructuring his contract.The former Baylor standout is making a base salary of $8.5 million this season, and that increases to a $10 million next season.
If Jason Smith does in fact get traded to another team, do not expect the Rams to get much in return. When Alex Barron was traded from St. Louis, all they received in return was another first round bust in Bobby Carpenter. As a recent example, all the Seattle Seahawks got in return for Aaron Curry was a conditional fifth round pick.
While trading away Jason Smith would definitely set this Rams team back, it may be the best possible move. It would let the rest of the team know that St. Louis means business. More importantly, they can get some value in return while his stock is still high. It may seem like a stretch, but do not be surprised if the St. Louis Rams part ways with Jason Smith.