In the first “real” pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Rams have picked Baylor OT Jason Smith. He’ll be counted on right away to take the place of Orlando Pace as the LT on that Rams O-line. Smith is 6’5 – 309 pounds, and was 2008 3rd-Team AP All-Selection.
Here’s Smith’s Bio from the Baylor website:
Former tight end started four seasons on offensive line, totaling 38 career starts… Baylor’s first non-special teams player to earn All-America honors since 1995… Earned Bachelor of Science degree in May 2008 following junior season… A first-round NFL Draft projection by numerous sources.
2008 (SENIOR) – Started all 11 games at left tacke on a Baylor offensive line that paved way for 2,349 rushing yards (a 251% increase from 2007’s rushing total of 934 yards and the most rushing yards at BU since 1981)… Earned All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America (1st team), Phil Steele (1st team), the Associated Press (3rd team) and Rivals.com (3rd team), becoming Baylor’s first non-special teams player to earn such honors since 1995… A consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior… Baylor O-line helped generate 29 rushing touchdowns, the third-highest total in school history… Also earned “Mr. Team” and “Off-Season Co-MVP” team awards… Named the Best Lineman in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football publication… Honored at midseason with first-team All-America nod by SI.com and honorable mention All-America by CollegeFootballNews/Scout.com… Preseason All-Big 12 selection (Athlon 2nd team, Lindy’s 2nd team, Phil Steele 4th team).