Jason Smith's NFL Draft Watch

Wes MillerCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21:  Offensive lineman Jason Smith of Baylor runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Smith is still learning to play on the offensive line after starting his Baylor career at tight end (six catches for 70 yards and one touchdown as a redshirt freshman).

But after flashing exciting potential as a sophomore and junior, Smith's play ascended to another level in 2008. He started on the right side as a sophomore in 2006 and missed time at left tackle in 2007 with a strained MCL.

He was named honorable mention All-Big 12 as a junior. Smith's play earned him All-American honors in 2008—the first BU offensive lineman to be so honored since 1980.

Smith is a raw prospect at this time compared to some of the other left tackles in this draft. If he is impressive in postseason all-star games, workouts and interviews, Smith has the upside to vault to the top of the class.

Had an arm span of 33-3/4 inches and a hand span of nine-and-three-quarter inches at the combine.

Tall, athletic left tackle prospect. Excellent straight-line speed and hustle, getting down field on screens and long runs. Can pull and trap, running smoothly and adjusting to oncoming defenders.

Moves to the second level quickly, using good angles to keep linebackers out of the play. Should work well in zone-blocking schemes with his ability to lock onto defenders and move.

Gets down quickly to cut block despite his height. Adjusts well to outside blitzers. Willing to throw his man to the ground and keep him there.

 Has made significant improvement in terms of technique and strength over the past two years at left tackle.

I have Jason Smith going to the St. Louis Rams.


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