Telvin Smith is a dynamic linebacker that the Jacksonville Jaguars selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Smith is quick, has good football IQ, and overall knows how to play the game.
Smith was one of the best defensive players that the Florida State Seminoles had on their team, and one of the reasons why the Seminoles ended the year with the number one defense in all of college football.
In fourteen games Smith recorded 90 total tackles, 9.5 of them for loss, two sacks, three interceptions with also four broken passes. You can easily say Smith was always around the ball for the Seminoles.
From watching him play, what I liked about his game was that he was always around the football. Even though Smith is undersized at the linebacker position at 6-foot-3 and weighing 218 pounds, he has shown to play bigger than what he actually is. Being undersize was probably the reason why he got drafted so late. If he was 240 pounds instead of 218, he most likely would have been a higher pick and also had better numbers. Unless he gains more muscle, Smith might have a hard time in the NFL against big offensive lineman and tight-ends.
Other than him being an undersized linebacker, Smith has shown to do all the other things right at his position. He can run very well with his 4.47 forty time, rush the passer in certain situations, has good pursuit to the ball, and can also cover in passing situations. Everything you would want from a linebacker Smith possesses. With the league becoming more of a passing league, Smith could easily come in and contribute with his ability to run from sideline to sideline with his amazing speed and coverage ability.
The Jaguars might have gotten a steal in the fifth round if Smith can add more size to his frame. He might not start this season and will most likely play only special teams. In which he could then learn how to play at the NFL level and get stronger before actually getting an opportunity to play, but he has the ability to make plays on the football field if the Jaguars want to give him a chance.
Smith is a lock to make this 53-man roster because of his potential and depth that he adds to the roster. Plus he could come in and start if an injury occurs at any time in the season.
Overall Smith was a nice pick for the Jaguars. He has shown to play at a high level with good competition for the Seminoles and has the toughness you would want. Even though his size is his kryptonite, it has been shown in today’s game in also in the past that size isn’t everything. Some players that fit that description are London Fletcher who played for the Washington Redskins, Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos, and Hall of Famer John Randle of the Minnesota Vikings. If you can play football you can make it in this league and Smith can surely play.