The New York Giants offensive line has struggled tremendously in 2013 to the point where they have gotten Eli Manning sacked 14 times already and are responsible for the rushing attack being ranked dead last in the entire NFL through the first four weeks.
So it would make sense for the team to look for outside help and reinforcements to help protect their franchise quarterback and to try and jump-start a struggling unit. The Giants signed former Philadelphia Eagles center Dallas Reynolds earlier this week, who may get the start in Week 5 against his old team, but Giants general manager Jerry Reese isn't stopping there.
Smith was the number two overall selection in that draft, but ran into injury problems, suffering a severe concussion during his time with the team. Before the 2012 season, the Rams agreed to trade Smith to the New York Jets in exchange for struggling right tackle Wayne Hunter, but the Jets released him in February of this year after playing in just two games with the team.
In April, Smith was signed by the New Orleans Saints, but was cut on August 21. Two days later, the Jets agreed to bring Smith back for a second time with the team, but was cut on August 31 when the team had to get the roster down to 53 players and has been a free agent since.
Smith has dealt with injuries and many have labeled him another 2009 draft bust, but despite that, the Giants showing interest just goes to show how bad it has been on their team and how dire their situation is to get help in order to protect Manning.
Smith is an enormous human being at 6'5" and 310 pounds and has great size and speed to play right tackle. When coming out of Baylor, he was known as being one of the more agile and athletic offensive lineman coming into the NFL, which has has shown in his ability to get out in front in blocks and can pass block and run block very well, using his combination of size, strength and speed to beat defenders.
If the Giants were able to sign Smith, it would allow them to put Smith at right tackle and then move Justin Pugh to the inside and put him at either left or right guard; a spot many felt that Pugh was going to end up when he entered the NFL in April, but the Giants had a need and inserted Pugh into the right tackle slot. Or, the Giants could keep Pugh at right tackle where he's shown some success early on and move Smith inside to guard and see if he can have success at a new position; something players have done many times in their careers.
At this point in the season, a veteran minimum deal is what Smith would be looking at, but given the fact that he made at least $33 million in guaranteed money from his rookie deal from the Rams four years ago, coming to the Giants wouldn't be about money; it would be about the chance at redemption and another chance to shine in the NFL.
Smith isn't the only player from that draft class the Giants have had interest in, as they has signed former Seattle Seahawks linebacker and the number four overall pick from that year in Aaron Curry, but he decided to retire from the league after being released in late August.
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