Former Top Rams Draft Pick Lands New Coaching Gig

Former NFL OL Jason Smith, who the Los Angeles (then-St. Louis) Rams drafted second overall in 2009, has been named Abilene Christian's new tight end coach.

Former Rams OL Jason Smith has landed a new coaching gig with Abilene Christian.
Former Rams OL Jason Smith has landed a new coaching gig with Abilene Christian. / James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Jason Smith is set to begin a new gig ahead of the 2024 NCAA college football season.

The 37-year-old, who the Rams drafted second overall in 2009, is on track to be hired as Abilene Christian's new tight end coach, per 247Sports' Matt Zenitz. Smith spent the 2023 NCAAF campaign as an offensive analyst with the North Texas Mean Green.

Rams News: Jason Smith Lands NCAAF Coaching Job

It'll be interesting to see what type of impact Smith has on Abilene Christian's program. The Wildcats' 2023 campaign was uneventful, to say the least, finishing 5-6 overall with a 3-3 UAC record in head coach Keith Patterson's second season behind the bench.

Smith experienced a great college career, suiting up in 30 games across three seasons with Baylor. After beginning his collegiate career as a tight end, the Dallas, TX native switched over to an O-line role as a sophomore, which paid off immediately as he went on to be named first-team All-American and All-Big 12 in 2008.

Smith's impressive collegiate performance paved the way for the Rams to draft him second overall in 2009. Although injuries prevented him from living up to the hype, he still made 29 starts over three seasons with the franchise before brief stints with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints.

From Rams fans across the country, best of luck to Smith in his new endeavor!

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