Cloudy future for Rams 2009 first-rounder

The St. Louis Rams placed right tackle Jason Smith on injured reserve Friday, citing concussion-related symptoms.

It's fair to wonder whether Smith has played his final game with the team after three seasons.

The contract Smith signed as the second overall choice in the 2009 NFL draft carries a $10 million salary for next season, money reflecting expectations Smith would become an elite left tackle. Instead, Smith as become an inconsistent right tackle with injury concerns relating to concussions. He will have missed 19 of 48 games to injury once this season concludes.

The 2009 draft produced more misses than hits early. Smith, Tyson Jackson, Aaron Curry, Andre Smith and Darrius Heyward-Bey were all chosen among the top seven picks. So was Mark Sanchez, who has enjoyed team success without becoming a consistent quarterback.

Jason Smith's deal runs through the 2014 season, which is a voidable year.


2009 St. Louis Rams Draft