2013 NFL Draft: Team needs
Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft, identifying biggest needs, potential fits and more. More ...
One of the biggest draft busts of the past half-decade, Smith was plagued by concussions early in his St. Louis Rams career after being drafted No. 2 overall out of Baylor in 2009.
When he did make it out of the trainers' room, Smith was a turnstile in pass protection, unable to cut it at left tackle. He was relegated to a backup right tackle/jumbo tight end role with the New York Jets last season after coming over in a trade.
Unproven and oft-injured Charles Brown currently tops the depth chart at left tackle, and the Saints understandably are not sold on him as the starter. "I look at that spot (on the depth chart) like there's a magnet with no name on it," Payton said last month via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "Gray, it's just gray."