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Jason Smith and The Left Tackle

The St. Louis Rams drafted Jason Smith number 2 overall in the 2009 NFL draft to be their dominant left tackle for 10+ years, but 1+ years after that draft, he still has been unable to hold down the left tackle position.  He has recently been unseated by 2010 2nd round draft pick Rodger Saffold.

It was less than a year ago, when I was told by former scout and now current scout who ran for about a year that Jason Smith was a good player, but was a much better fit at right tackle. Including the kiss of death “Most teams don’t think you draft a RT in the top 5.  Ouch.  That through me into a bit of a fit as I didn’t want our hugely expensive tackle at the “cheaper” tackle position.  Now, as we saw in 2009, Jason Smith can be dominant at right tackle opening holes for Steven Jackson to run to the right.  But, based on draft position, we thought Jason Smith would be at left tackle and Rodger Saffold at right tackle.  I called for Jason Smith to play at LT in 2009 over Alex Barron so he could get NFL experience at the position, but he did not get many reps there at all.

But, there is another side to the argument…

Now, let’s be honest, the Rams already spent all the money on both Saffold and Smith.  If the Rams are going to be better with Smith at RT and Saffold at LT, that is what matters in the end and that is what the Rams coaching staff is going to be judged on.  The Rams coaching staff will do what it takes to make the Rams better and if Jason Smith is the most expensive RT in the NFL, so be it.

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