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Telvin Smith | Linebacker

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/11/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 218

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Jaguars selected Florida State LB Telvin Smith with the No. 144 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Smith (6-foot-2 7/8, 218) played nickel 'backer and special teams his first three seasons before breaking out as a senior with a team-high 90 tackles, 9.5 for a loss, two sacks, and three INTs. He returned two of the picks for touchdowns and earned first-team All-ACC honors. Smith blazed a 4.52 forty at the Combine with a 9-foot-11 broad jump. A playmaking linebacker with cover skills and lots of special teams value, Smith is a chase-and-hit weak-side prospect who may need to add some bulk to become a bankable three-down defender. He's someone to monitor in IDP leagues. Sat, May 10, 2014 02:44:00 PM

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FSU LB Telvin Smith headlines Josh Norris' list of top-available prospects heading into Saturday's Day 3.

Norris compares Smith, a speedy outside linebacker, to Danny Trevathan. "Closing speed is outstanding," he wrote. "Much more physical than many prospects his size, strong finisher. Has enough trail speed to stick with crossing routes and has a knack for undercutting the receiver. Has enough length to fight off blocks. Attacks the downhill gaps to make tackles for loss." Rounding out Norris' top-five available are Clemson CB Bashaud Breeland, Boston College LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Florida State RB Devonta Freeman and South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington.
Source: Rotoworld
Sat, May 10, 2014 11:24:00 AM

FSU LB teammates Telvin Smith and Christian Jones both failed Combine drug tests, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

They join fellow Seminole Timmy Jernigan on the list. Smith could be selected as early as the second-round and ranks as Josh Norris' No. 35 overall prospect. Jones' role is not as defined in the NFL, and could project best as an edge rusher.
Source: Fox Sports
Mon, May 5, 2014 06:31:00 PM

FSU LB Telvin Smith had a visit and private workout with the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, reports the National Football Post.

The FSU prospect has also had visits with the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and had a private workout with the New England Patriots. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Smith ran a 4.52 forty, making him the fastest linebacker prospect in the draft. Some evaluators have talked about moving Smith to safety due to his size, but Smith has been busy trying to bulk as of late. The speedy linebacker is projected to go in the second round of the draft.
Mon, May 5, 2014 10:57:00 AM

FSU LB Telvin Smith visited the Broncos this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Smith has previously visited the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles, along with privately working out for the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Some evaluators want to move Smith to safety, which we don't understand. He is under 220 pounds, but Smith is naturally physical and has plenty of speed that blockers will have to worry about.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 11:08:00 AM

Florida State LB Telvin Smith ran an official 4.52 forty at the NFL Combine.

Smith had two unofficial times of 4.41 and 4.48 with 10 yard splits of a.53 seconds. So many evaluators will want to move Smith to safety due to his weight, but our own Josh Norris wonders why anyone would want to move him further away from the ball. At the very least he can be a nickel backer who covers plenty of ground at the second level.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 04:22:00 PM

Florida State senior Telvin Smith wants to stay at LB in the NFL rather than move to S, which some suggest.

As he should. "A normal day is 6:30 waking up, eatin’, workout, eatin’, speed training, eatin’, snack, eatin,’" Smith said when asked to describe his daily routine. "A lot of eatin’ going on, that’s about it." We are not nutritionists, but it appears Smith is attempting to bulk up. We do not understand why some want to move Smith to safety, which is further away from the football, solely due to his height and weight combination.
Mon, Feb 3, 2014 11:48:00 AM

Florida State LB Telvin Smith will attend the Senior Bowl.

Smith has been a section favorite since prior to the season kicking off, despite playing in a sub-package role last season. He is lean but incredibly fast to run east and west, and has improved attacking blockers in the running game. He fits the bill of a weakside linebacker in the NFL.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 09:16:00 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes FSU senior LB Telvin Smith is squarely in the second day range for May's draft.

"Smith's best fit will be as a "will" linebacker in a 4-3 scheme at the next level," Weidl writes. "His lack of ideal bulk will get called into question, but he has a long and favorable frame to put on weight and get to around 230 pounds." Weidl adds he thinks Smith could move his way into the second-round. We have been huge fans of Smith for some time. His closing speed is ridiculous but he does have a tendency to overrun plays on occasion.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Florida State senior LB Telvin Smith totaled eight tackles, two going for a loss, in the school's season opener against Pittsburgh.

Smith is finally starting after playing a sub-package role in previous seasons. We aren't sure why he has been limited, since few have the closing burst of Smith. His lean frame isn't desirable, but Smith can gash through lanes and make plays in the backfield while showing impressive toughness on contact from his front side. He does need to improve his ability to work over lateral blocks when flowing form the back side.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 10:18:00 AM