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Jason Smith

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 309 | College: Baylor
 
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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.

Analysis

Positives: Tall, athletic left tackle prospect. Excellent straight-line speed and hustle, getting downfield 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.

Negatives: Typically operates out of a two-point stance for Baylor. Raw in his pass-set technique, standing a bit upright and backpedaling instead of sliding to mirror his man. Locks onto his man at first, but eventually loses his balance and grip due to his average upper-body strength and footwork. Does not have much of a punch in pass protection. Can lose the hands battle on the line. Could use a bit more bulk in the lower body to be more effective as a drive blocker. May initially have to be moved inside to left guard for a zone-blocking team.

Compares To: ERIC STEINBACH, Cleveland -- Steinbach is an offensive guard, but both have the initial quickness and outstanding athleticism to excel in a zone-blocking scheme as an interior lineman. Smith needs to add at least another 20 pounds of bulk to handle the rigors of playing left tackle at the next level. His lack of great footwork and need to improve his stance could be covered up better playing inside for a year or two because he's still a neophyte at the left tackle position (19 starts). Once his body matures, his athletic skills will make him a quality left tackle in the mold of another former college tight end, Jason Peters (Buffalo).

Scouting Report

GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 7.16

Body Structure: Smith has a tall, linear build that can add at least another 20 pounds of bulk without the weight impacting his overall quickness. He possesses an athletic frame with long limbs, big hands, good bubble, a firm and solidly built midsection, athletic body with adequate lower frame thickness.

Athletic Ability: Has the frame to develop more bulk and strength (is not stout at the point of attack with his linear, basketball player-like frame). Former tight end and quickness is evident in his suddenness getting out on the edge to block for running plays to the perimeter. He shows good change-of-direction agility (bit stiff in his hips, but keeps his pads down). He lacks explosive speed, but is fairly nimble for a down lineman, displaying good body control moving down the line. GRADE: 7.6

Football Sense: Smith is an intelligent athlete who is also a hard-working student of the game. He tests well and shows solid field vision and instincts. He has no problem learning and retaining plays and hustles until the whistle. GRADE: 6.8

Character: A model program player with no known off-field issues. He is a vocal leader in the locker room and does a good job absorbing the playbook. He is a "yes sir, no sir" type. Coaches say he has been a good mentor for younger players, especially doing a good job of taking frosh QB Robert Griffin under his wing. GRADE: 7.5

Competitiveness: Smith is a classic warrior on the field with good work ethic in the training room (worked hard to bulk up before the 2008 season, but still needs to improve his overall strength). He is a highly competitive player whose spirit and enthusiasm are evident on the field. He comes off the snap with a hard drive and has developed good aggression as a blocker, knowing when to stay in control or flash a little nastiness. GRADE: 7.1

Work Habits: Smith is a team leader with a passion for the game. A neophyte at the offensive tackle position (11 games experience at right tackle, 19 at left tackle), he's a sponge absorbing information and will respond to patient coaching. He was thrown into the fire when moving from tight end to offensive tackle, putting in long hours in the film room to study technique that has helped his rapid progress. GRADE: 6.8

ATHLETIC REPORT

GRADE: 6.57

Initial Quickness: Aggressive, but is not a powerful blocker. On contact and when he drives with his feet, he can generate movement. He generally plays under control and showed in 2008 that he has made strides working his hips to wall off and force the chase route. When he gets tall in his stance, he looks a bit stiff redirecting. If he stays low in his pads, he swings his hips and runs his feet well leading on the sweep. He is usually in position of advantage, especially when asked to seal, as he has good ability to wheel and cut off the backside. GRADE: 7.0

Lateral Movement: Flashes quick, active feet in his kick-slide, as he has the lateral agility to mirror and adjust to stunts, but could redirect at a lower pad level. When he drops his weight, he easily adjusts to the outside blitz. He moves fluidly to challenge in one-on-one confrontations and has excellent body control playing in space, demonstrating the initial kick off the snap to surprise a slower opponent (when he drives with his legs and rolls his hips on contact, even the stronger bull rushers are contained). GRADE: 6.3

Balance/Stays On Feet: Displays good balance and body control on the move, but would be even better adjusting in space when he refines his footwork (can slide and change direction well to mirror pass rushers, but gets up on his heels too much, which lets bull rushers walk him back). He handles quickness and movement when he keeps his pads down, but he needs to stay low in his pads and play flat-footed (gets up on his heels too much) more often. When he gets tall, his stance prevents him from gaining leverage vs. the bull rush and he needs to improve his overall footwork. Doesn't always shuffle his feet and explode off the snap to gain movement. He played mostly in the spread offense and will need time to adjust his footwork and mechanics to the pro game. Will provide better and quicker production earlier in his career in a zone-blocking scheme, preferably as a guard. GRADE: 6.4

Explosion/Pop: When he stays low in his pads and drives with his legs, Smith generates decent pop on contact. Must learn to play flat-footed and is easily beaten when he plays on his heels. He doesn't always get proper movement due to his two-point stance, but on the move, he knows how to drop a linebacker with a crunching forearm shot. Stays square in his base and moves laterally and has the agility to clear out rush lanes working in-line. Still developing his overall strength and due to his stance, defenders with a low center of gravity can fire off the line, get under his jersey and walk him back into the pocket. GRADE: 6.3

Run Blocking: Smith needs to add bulk to his linear frame to handle the more physical defensive ends when playing on an island. His quickness off the snap allows him to get into a lethargic defender's body before his opponent has a chance to react. Can reach and scoop, especially when he sinks his weight to gain advantage and seal off. Even though he needs a stronger base, he does get good movement on drive blocks vs. smaller opponents. GRADE: 6.5

Pass Blocking: Quick in his pass set but needs footwork refinement. Has the agility to recover, plays with good knee bend and uses his wing span effectively to cover vs. edge rushers. He shows good movement in pass protection when he bends his knees properly. He can reach and seal with suddenness, thanks to his quick first step and long wing span. It is rare to see him beaten vs. edge rushers (most penetrations vs. him came on the bull rush). When he seals a five-tech, he flashes the ability to cut off the back side. Still, he must refine his pass set technique, as he gets down in a two-point stance and will need to keep his pads lower to generate more explosion coming off the snap. GRADE: 7.3

Pulling/Trapping: Effective reaching and scooping on run blocks. He pulls with good explosion and improved his ability to land in space. He adjusts effectively on the move to hit oncoming targets. He might have a bit of hip stiffness, evident when he struggles to generate lateral movement (not used much on sweeps due to this problem), but with his quick feet, he does show urgency getting out in front and is developing a good feel for angling. With his foot speed, he can do the job when needed to locate and land in space. GRADE: 6.7

Adjust on Linebacker Downfield: Learning angle technique, but can ride into the second level in a hurry to neutralize linebackers. As his senior season progressed, improved attacking second-level defenders, fitting up and cutting under control. With his ease of movement in the open field, he is capable of walling off and forcing the chase route of a defender. He stays on his feet better on the move or in the second level than when working in-line and has improved his footwork as a senior, but his feet still tend to die at times when having to suddenly get into the second level. GRADE: 6.2

Use of Hands/Punch: Must develop more power in his punch, but he is learning how to grab in attempts to lock out and control. He must develop a strong hand punch, but is quick to recoil, especially when using his hands to challenge stunts. He is better when using his hands to control the defender rather than executing his punch. He also must keep his hands inside his framework more often, as he struggles to separate when a defender gets into his chest. Lacks the strong hand punch to shock and jolt and when he gets reckless with his hands (outside his frame), he gets narrow in his base and pushed back by a physical surge (tries to compensate for a lack of mauling ability by trying to out-finesse, but his hand placement skills are just adequate). GRADE: 5.8

Reactions/Awareness: Smith is still learning the "tricks of the trade," but did show improved awareness as a senior. He is still a work in progress when it comes to recognition, but he has rare speed to get out in front on traps. He might lack ideal experience as a tackle and will need patient coaching to further his development in his NFL career. He showed good improvement in 2008, but he is still not as alert to twists and games, does not recognize them quick enough to get into position to challenge. GRADE: 7.2

Compares To: ERIC STEINBACH, Cleveland -- Steinbach is an offensive guard, but both have the initial quickness and outstanding athleticism to excel in a zone-blocking scheme as an interior lineman. Smith needs to add at least another 20 pounds of bulk to handle the rigors of playing left tackle at the next level. His lack of great footwork and need to improve his stance could be covered up better playing inside for a year or two because he's still a neophyte at the left tackle position (19 starts). Once his body matures, his athletic skills will make him a quality left tackle in the mold of another former college tight end, Jason Peters (Buffalo).

OVERALL GRADE: 6.69

--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas.

Career Notes

Smith started 39 of 42 games in which he played for the Bears (24 at left tackle, seven at right tackle, eight at tight end) … As an offensive lineman, he registered 214 knockdowns/key blocks with 29 touchdown-resulting blocks … As a left offensive tackle (2007-08), Smith produced 143 knockdowns, 23 touchdown-resulting blocks and 15 downfield blocks … Allowed only three quarterback pressures and 4.5 sacks in 1,147 plays at left tackle … Also collected 70 yards with a touchdown on six receptions (11.7-yard average) as a tight end and recorded four tackles (three solos) with a fumble recovery … His 96 knockdowns in 2008 broke the old school record of 91 by offensive tackle Mark Adickes since 1983 … Only the 10th offensive lineman in school history to earn All-American honors (2008), joining guard Barton Koch (1930), center Bob Nelson (1940), center Jack Sisco (1952), tackle James Ray Smith (1953-54), guard Bill Glass (1956), center Aubrey Schulz (1974), tackle Mike Hughes (1975), guard Frank Ditta (1980) and tackle Mark Adickes (1983).

2008 Season

The Football Writers Association All-American first-team choice became Baylor's first offensive lineman since guard Frank Ditta in 1980 and the Bears' first All-American offensive tackle since Mike Hughes in 1975 … Added second-team All-American accolades from The NFL Draft Report and third-team recognition by Rivals.com … Unanimous All-Big Twelve Conference first-team selection … Named the team's co-Most Valuable Player … The left offensive tackle led the conference with seventeen touchdown-resulting blocks … His 96 knockdown blocks were the most ever by a Baylor offensive lineman … Added a league-high (for a down lineman) thirteen down field blocks, but was penalized five times … Was charged with just two quarterback pressures and 3.5 sacks on 290 pass plays … Was the major reason the team ranked 21st in the nation and third in the Big Twelve in rushing, averaging 195.75 yards per game, a vast improvement over 2007, when the Bears ranked 113th nationally (77.83 yards per game) … The team's 29 touchdown runs are the most by a Baylor squad since 1994 and rank third on the team season-record list … Graded at least 90% for blocking consistency in four contests (Wake Forest, Northwestern State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech).

2008 Game Analysis

Wake Forest … Smith opened the season in explosive fashion, coming up with touchdown-resulting blocks on both of the team's rushing scores … Frosh QB Robert Griffin got to see Smith's punishing run blocking ability first-hand on his first professional run, as the left tackle pulled out to flatten linebacker Matt Woodlief to spring Griffin for a 22-yard scamper. "It was really a momentum shifter to run and get to the edge," Griffin stated in the post-game press conference. "I just had to be patient and run behind Jason Smith. When he opened a hole for me, I ran up and made the guy miss on the sideline, then got a few extra yards." On the next snap, Smith cleared a rush lane used by Jacoby Jones for a 12-yard late second quarter score … At the start of the fourth quarter, Griffin took flight again, with Smith leading the way on his QB's 5-yard touchdown burst that capped a 12-play, 76-yard series … Head to Head Competition-DE#93-Anthony Davis (6:05-251)-One assisted tackle … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded eight knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 94% … Helped the team gain 94 yards with two touchdowns on 34 carries (2.76 ypc) and generate 250 total yards on 64 snaps (3.91 yards per play).

Northwestern State (La.) … The left tackle graded a career-high 98% for blocking consistency, producing two touchdown-resulting blocks and nine knockdowns … On a third-&-3 snap, he fired down field, taking down linebacker Mark Dampier to spring Jay Finley for a 40-yard touchdown jaunt in the first quarter … In the second stanza, he chop blocked Dampier again, clearing a path for Finley's 35-yard scoring scamper … Head to Head Competition-DE#94-Josh Daniels (6:03-231)-Two assisted tackles … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded nine knockdowns, two down field blocks and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 98% … Helped the team gain 207 yards with three touchdowns on 39 carries (5.31 ypc) and generate 537 total yards on 65 snaps (8.26 yards per play).

Washington State … Smith continued to guide Baylor runners into the end zone, as he had two touchdown-resulting blocks for the third consecutive game in his 30th career start … He was penalized for a false start on the team's first possession, but he went right back to work, knocking down linebacker Kendrick Dunn down field on a 21-yard run by Robert Griffin and then opened a huge hole that the QB used for a 1-yard score that ended the 78-yard, 10-play drive … Defensive end Matt Mullenix beat Smith to sack Griffin for an 8-yard loss early in the second quarter, but on the next series, Griffin broke free for a 57-yard scamper, as Smith flattened Mullenix on the play. Jeremy Sanders then used a hole his left tackle made for a 13-yard touchdown run … Head to Head Competition-DE#58-Matt Mullenix (6:06-253)-Four tackles (2 solos), an 8-yard sack … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded ten knockdowns, two down field blocks and two touchdown-resulting blocks, but was penalized once, grading 89% … Helped the team gain 426 yards with five touchdowns on 42 carries (10.14 ypc) and generate 555 total yards on 58 snaps (9.57 yards per play).

Oklahoma … Smith held sack specialist Austen English to just two tackles, knocking down his opponent seven times … QB Robert Griffin saw Smith run over English on a third-&-12 snap that the QB picked up 36 yards around left end. Two plays later, Smith ran over safety Nic Harris to spring Griffin for a 1-yard score … Head to Head Competition-DE#33-Austen English (6:03-253)-Two tackles (1 solo) … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded seven knockdowns, one down field block and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 87% … Helped the team gain 194 yards with two touchdowns on 41 carries (4.73 ypc) and generate 269 total yards on 67 snaps (4.01 yards per play).

Iowa State … While Smith gave up his second sack for the season, he also recovered a fumble to keep a first quarter drive alive … Covered a third-&-14 ball that was dropped by QB Robert Griffin at the Baylor 41 on the team's first series … Later in the fourth quarter, he pushed his way through the crowd with Jay Finley in tow for a 12-yard touchdown that ended an 81-yard, 14-play drive … Head to Head Competition-DE#47-Kurtis Taylor (6:02-255)-Four solo tackles, a 9-yard sack, two stops for minus 11 yards, one QB pressure …

Offensive Impact-Smith recorded eight knockdowns and one touchdown-resulting block, but was penalized once, grading 72% … Helped the team gain 147 yards with two touch-downs on 50 carries (2.94 ypc) and generate 435 total yards on 76 snaps (5.72 yards per play).

Oklahoma State … The offense was virtually non-existent in this 34-6 loss, but Smith made a touchdown-resulting block and delivered six knockdowns … Midway through the first quarter, he cleared room used by Jacoby Jones for a 1-yard touchdown run that ended a 10-play, 65-yard series … Smith talked to the media after the game an the offense's struggles, stating, "As an offense we have to understand how to come out and make plays faster early. We just have to a better job executing those calls, the things we can correct. The good thing about it is we all came out healthy. Things didn't go like we wanted it to go, but the game is over." … Head to Head Competition-DE#98-Derek Burton (6:03-277)-One solo tackle for a 4-yard loss … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded six knockdowns and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 84% … Helped the team gain 42 yards with one touch-down on 31 carries (1.35 ypc) and generate 204 total yards on 58 snaps (3.52 yards per play).

Nebraska … Smith registered two down field blocks for the third time in 2008, adding seven knockdowns … He let defensive end Pierre Allen sack QB Robert Griffin for a 7-yard loss on third-&-12, forcing a Baylor second quarter punt … Earlier in the first stanza, he had two outstanding down field blocks, running over linebacker Cody Glenn on Griffin's 40-yard scamper to the Baylor 44 and on fourth-&-1, the left tackle led the way on his QB's 47-yard touchdown race around left end … Head to Head Competition-DE#95-Pierre Allen (6:05-265)-Three tackles (1 solos), a 7-yard sack, one QB pressure … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded seven knockdowns, two down field blocks and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 82% … Helped the team gain 216 yards with three touchdowns on 33 carries (6.55 ypc) and generate 350 total yards on 53 snaps (6.60 yards per play).

Missouri … The Bears had much better success moving the ball vs. the Tigers, gaining 438 yards, as Smith was in on nine knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks … He smashed into defensive end Stryker Sulak on QB Robert Griffin's second quarter scoring run that capped a 13-play, 80-yard series … At the start of the second half, defensive tackle Ziggy Hood was leveled by Smith on a fourth-&-1 34-yard run by Griffin that set up Smith's rush lane-clearing block on Ray Sims' 2-yard scoring run … Asked by the media after the game about the team's ability to move the ball, Smith replied, "First of all, we are confident on offense with a confident play-caller in Coach Briles. We are very talented at every position across the board. That's what good football teams do. They don't let a situation stop you from your goal." … Asked what this game revealed about the team's character, he stated, "Today's game revealed that we can go out there and play 60 minutes from the beginning of the game to the end as a team. The guys on the sideline, guys giving out water, the people on the field, the coaches all showed that we are confident in what we're doing, and regardless of the situation, we want to determine our own future and our own destiny." … Head to Head Competition-DE#38-Stryker Sulak (6:05-250)-Six tackles (2 solos), an assisted sack for a 3-yard loss … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded nine knockdowns, one down field block and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 89% … Helped the team gain 155 yards with two touchdowns on 44 carries (3.52 ypc) and generate 438 total yards on 79 snaps (5.54 yards per play).

Texas … Smith followed with eight knockdowns and two down field blocks, but was also penalized once … After being flagged for a false start, Smith shoved defensive end Sergio Kindle to the ground on a fourth-&-4 8-yard touchdown run by Kendall Wright to keep a late first quarter series alive … At the start of the second quarter, QB Robert Griffin kept the ball on fourth-&-goal, as Smith led the way on the freshman's 1-yard scoring run … At the post-game press conference, Smith responded to a question about the team losing its momentum in the first half, saying, "We were on our way. Once you get momentum, you've got to take advantage of it. If you don't take advantage of it, what happened in the second half will happen. We've got to fire on all cylinders. You've got to fire on cylinders to be productive, for the motor to work. We've got Texas A&M next week, that's the only thing on our minds. That game would have gotten us bowl eligible (with a win), but it won't, and we'll go back to the drawing board tomorrow. We're going to get ready for Texas A&M. One game won't determine our program. We're moving in the right direction." … Head to Head Competition-DE#2-Sergio Kindle (6:04-239)-Two solo tackles … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded eight knockdowns, two down field blocks and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 86% … Helped the team gain 201 yards with two touchdowns on 29 carries (6.93 ypc) and generate 272 total yards on 49 snaps (5.55 yards per play).

Texas A&M … In his final home game, the left tackle made the most of the 41-21 triumph, registering ten knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks … QB Robert Griffin hid behind Smith, who upended defensive end Michael Bennett in order to give the freshman time to fire a 55-yard scoring strike to Thomas White to start the second half … On their next drive, Smith took down Bennett again to spring Jay Finley for a 13-yard touchdown …

In the post-game press conference, Smith talked about winning his final home game, noting, "It's a really passionate feeling that I really can't explain … It's something from within. It's a lot of excitement and something that you work for. It was late in the season when it happened, but what better way to go out as a senior than on your own turf. You go out the same way you came in. You are expecting to win, and you got it. That's what you're going to remember." … Talking about this season beginning a legacy at Baylor with Griffin and this new coaching staff, the left tackle said, "It has been a very exciting year playing with him (Robert Griffin). I'm happy that I can have one more game with him. He still amazes me everyday. You've got a bunch of talented freshmen here … It's a very talented class. I can say that I played for him and blocked for him. I want there to be a standard that he sets for the team. I'm just proud to be apart of Baylor right now, this Coach Briles era. This place is going to grow. I look in the stands and it's packed. Thank you to the fans and the support from everyone over the past five years." … Head to Head Competition-DE#11-Michael Bennett (6:04-261)-Two tackles (1 solo), one stop for a 1-yard loss … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded ten knockdowns, two down field blocks and two touchdown-resulting blocks, but was penalized once, grading 94% … Helped the team gain 269 yards with three touchdowns on 52 carries (5.17 ypc) and generate 510 total yards on 75 snaps (6.80 yards per play).

Texas Tech … Smith closed out his career by coming up with two touchdown-resulting blocks for the sixth time during his final campaign … Robert Griffin scored on a third-&-goal 1-yard run around left tackle in the first quarter and Jacoby Jones used a block by Smith to score on a 1-yard run that the tailback had set up with Smith's down field block on a 47-yard scamper to start the third quarter … Head to Head Competition-DE#98-Jake Ratliff (6:07-258)-No tackles … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded seven knockdowns, one down field block and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 97% … Helped the team gain 229 yards with three touchdowns on 43 carries (5.33 ypc) and generate 320 total yards on 59 snaps (5.42 yards per play).

2007 Season

Despite playing in just seven games due to a medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee, Smith received All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention from the Associated Press … Shared the team's Best Offensive Lineman honor with center J.D. Walton … Member of the Big Twelve Commissioner's Honor Roll (4.00 grade-point average) … Lining up at left tackle, he left the season opener vs. Texas Christian after he hurt his knee, sitting out the next three contests vs. Rice, Texas State and Buffalo … Returned to the starting lineup vs. Texas A&M, but re-injured his knee the following week vs. Colorado and sat out the next two games vs. Kansas and Texas … Was back in the lineup vs. Kansas State, starting the Bears' final four contests … Still managed to register 47 knockdowns, six touchdown-resulting blocks and two downfield blocks while participating in 436 snaps … Was charged with two penalties, as he allowed one quarterback pressure and one sack … Helped Baylor average 273.42 yards per game passing, as he led an offensive line that gave up just 21 sacks … Recorded a pair of tackles, coming up with one assisted stop vs. Colorado, adding a solo hit in the Oklahoma clash.

2007 Game Analysis

Rice, Texas State and Buffalo … Sat out all three games while recovering from his right knee medial collateral sprain suffered in the season opener vs. Texas Christian.

Texas A&M … Smith returned from the injury list to register eight knockdowns … In the fourth quarter, he took down defensive tackle Red Bryant on a 3-yard touchdown run by Jay Finley … Head to Head Competition-DE#49-Cyril Obiozor (6:05-266)-No tackles … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded eight knockdowns, one down field block and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 94% … Helped the team gain 60 yards with one touch-down on 16 carries (3.75 ypc) and generate 254 total yards on 52 snaps (4.88 yards per play).

Kansas and Texas … Missed both contests after re-injuring his right knee medial collateral ligament vs. Colorado.

Kansas State … Back in action, Smith delivered a season-high nine knockdowns … He was called for holding early in the second quarter, but made up for that miscue when he leveled linebacker Justin Roland on a 52-yard catch-&-run score by Thomas White … Head to Head Competition-DE#95-Rob Jackson (6:04-259)-One solo tackle … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded nine knockdowns and one touchdown-resulting block, but was penalized once, grading 85% … Helped the team gain 13 yards with no touchdowns on 26 carries (0.50 ypc) and generate 318 total yards on 61 snaps (5.21 yards per play).

Texas Tech … Smith followed with seven more knockdowns, holding off rush end Brandon Williams on a 7-yard scoring grab by fullback Brandon Whitaker on a fourth-&-4 lob by QB Blake Szymanski … Head to Head Competition-DE#98-Jake Ratliff (6:07-247)-Four tackles (1 solo) … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded seven knockdowns and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 86% … Helped the team gain 91 yards with no touchdowns on 35 carries (2.60 ypc) and generate 282 total yards on 82 snaps (3.44 yards per play).

Oklahoma … The left tackle had his best performance for the season, making eight knock-downs while grading 97% … Brandon Whitaker used a cut block by Smith on linebacker Lewis Baker for a 46-yard touchdown in the first quarter … In the third stanza, he tackled Adrian Taylor after the defensive back picked off a Blake Szymanski pass for an 18-yard return … Head to Head Competition-DE#91-Alonzo Dotson (6:04-251)-No tackles … Offensive Impact-Smith recorded eight knockdowns, one down field block and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 97% … Helped the team gain 170 yards with one touchdown on 26 carries (6.54 ypc) and generate 450 total yards on 68 snaps (6.62 yards per play).

2006 Season

Moved from tight end to offensive tackle prior to spring practice and went on to start all 12 games of his sophomore season as the Bears' right tackle … Played every offensive snap in 11 of those contests … Participated in 789 snaps, the most by a Baylor offensive performer and third-highest total on the squad overall … Registered 71 knockdown blocks, including six that resulted in touchdowns … Was also credited with two solo tackles, including one each vs. Texas Christian and Northwestern State.

2005 Season

Selected the team's Most Improved Player, the red-shirt freshman appeared in all 11 games, starting six contests at tight end … Participated in 359 plays, catching six passes for 70 yards (11.7-yard average) and one touchdown … His first career reception was good for a 31-yard gain vs. Southern Methodist … Added a 12-yard grab vs. Iowa State, a 2-yarder vs. Iowa State and snared a 15-yard toss vs. Nebraska … Scored his only touchdown for his career when Shawn Bell lobbed a 2-yard pass that Smith caught in the corner of the end zone vs. Oklahoma.

2004 Season

Enrolled at Baylor, competing on the scout team as a tight end … Named that squad's Offensive MVP.

Injury Report

2007: Suffered a right knee medial collateral ligament sprain vs. Texas Christian (9/01) in the season opener, missing the next three games vs. Rice (9/08), Texas State (9/15) and Buffalo (9/22) … Returned vs. Texas A&M (9/29), but re-injured his knee the following week vs. Colorado (10/06), sitting out the next two contests vs. Kansas (10/13) and Texas (10/20).

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.14 in the 40-yard dash … 1.8 10-yard dash … 2.95 20-yard dash … 4.69 20-yard shuttle … 7.67 three-cone drill … 30 1/2-inch vertical jump … 9'2" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times … 33 1/8-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands.

Combine: 5.09 in the 40-yard dash … 1.75 10-yard dash … 3.00 20-yard dash … 4.69 20-yard shuttle … 7.53 three-cone drill … 24-inch vertical jump … 8'0" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 33 times … 33 3/4-inch arm length … 9 3/4-inch hands.

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.

Personal

Recreation and Leisure Services major, receiving his undergraduate degree from Baylor in May, 2008 … Currently enrolled in Baylor's Graduate School … Son of Linda and Duane Smith … Born Jason Kyle Smith on 4/30/86 in Dallas, Texas.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 1/2 -- Jason Smith, OT, 6-5, 309, Baylor...The only question is whether Smith begins his career on the right side or is inserted immediately at left tackle. Doesn't have classic offensive tackle size, but his passion for the game is unquestioned.

04/28/2009 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm 6-5 and 310 pounds of steel. I'm a football player. I take that very seriously. And I understand every day that I have work to do. And I'm going to do everything in my power to get better every day." -- First-round pick Jason Smith.

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