Could the Rams keep last year’s No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith at right tackle instead of moving him to the premium left tackle position? According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, that idea hasn’t been ruled out.
"I don't see why not," head coach Steve Spagnuolo said when asked about the possibility of Smith on the right and rookie Rodger Saffold, the 33rd overall pick, working on the left. "You know, Jason started out that way (at right tackle) last year. Both those guys in my mind right now are interchangeable."
Right now, everyone – Spagnuolo, Smith, Saffold and offensive line coach Steve Loney – is saying the goal is to simply put the five best players on the field. Smith has the nastiness and booming power to be the best right tackle in football. But he also showed improvements in his footwork last season that suggest he can be a premium left tackle. At 306 pounds, he’s built for the left side.
The decision might actually come down to where the athletic 6’4”, 316-pound Saffold feels most comfortable. If you’re of the betting ilk, put your money on Smith playing left tackle, Saffold playing right. But don’t go all-in.
-- Andy Benoit
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