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St. Louis Rams: How Beneficial Will Wayne Hunter Be to the Rams?

Trading for Wayne Hunter is a risk, but the Rams gave up just about nothing in Jason Smith to get him.
Trading for Wayne Hunter is a risk, but the Rams gave up just about nothing in Jason Smith to get him.Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Mack RosenbergContributor IIIAugust 28, 2012

Now that the Wayne Hunter for Jason Smith trade is official (via Brian Costello of the New York Post), it's time to hash out the details and find out who exactly the St. Louis Rams are getting besides a right tackle that needed to leave the New York Jets.

Hunter was chased out of New York and now finds himself far away from any type of scrutiny he was receiving in the Big Apple. 

Wayne Hunter, welcome to St. Louis.

So what are the Rams getting in the right tackle from Honolulu, Hawaii?

Are they getting the man who allowed 11 sacks and 32 quarterback pressures last year, or are they getting the veteran, battle-tested offensive lineman? If it's the former, it won't be a good fit.

Sam Bradford might as well be Mark Sanchez. Sanchez was sacked the fifth-most times in the league last year, and Bradford was right behind him at No. 6. 

The Rams haven't had consistency on the offensive line for a number of years. In Hunter, they add an experienced player coming off a down year. 

A change of scenery is exactly what Hunter needed. 

Jason Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, now finds himself in the media capital of the NFL. He's never been healthy, which doesn't help, and he's allowed a lot of sacks.

At least the Rams improve health wise by acquiring Hunter. 

I understand why it's hard to form an opinion on this trade, but it is worth considering that Hunter worked with Brian Schottenheimer in New York, so there will be some familiarity in St. Louis.

Like Schottenheimer, Hunter was run out of New York. Let's see what the two can do in St. Louis.

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