Photo of Telvin Smith
Drafted By: Jaguars
  • Round 5
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 144

Combine Results

5.36 ?
  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

At Florida State's pro day, Smith had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump, 4.65-second short shuttle, 7.04-second three-cone drill and performed 16 strength lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 218LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands


Prepped in Georgia, where he won a state championship. Appeared in all 14 games as a true freshman in 2010, recording 18 tackles, three for loss and three sacks with a pass breakup. Played 13 games in '11, starting one at weakside linebacker as an injury replacement, and tallied 42-8.5-3 with three pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. Served a one-game suspension against Charleston Southern (undisclosed). Did not crack the starting lineup in '12, but split time with middle linebacker Vince Williams and contributed 64-9.5-1 with three pass breakups and a forced fumble in 14 games. Was the Seminoles' leading tackler in '13 when he started all 14 games at WLB and registered 9-9.5-2 with four pass breakups and three interceptions (two touchdowns) for the national champs. Did not bench-press at the combine (right shoulder).



Fiery on-field emotional leader. Plays with passion and it shows -- beelines to the ball and brings energy to the defense. Very good eyes, anticipation and instincts -- sniffs out screens, takes good cut-off angles and negotiates through traffic easily. Plays downhill and often arrives behind the line of scrimmage before ball carriers see him. Outstanding functional football-playing speed. Fluid mover. Outstanding closing speed to the ball. Reliable open-field tackler -- runs through contact. Good coverage skill -- shadows receivers and has a feel for zones. Very likeable, gregarious personality that can unite a locker room and command the LB group. Has been very durable (despite lack of thickness). Has learned what it means to work, and football comes easy to him.


Despite contributing immediately in college, has been only a one-year full-time starter. Wiry and needs to add bulk to his narrow frame to withstand the rigors of NFL contact -- is almost built like a free safety. Is not a strong, drive-through tackler -- tends to go low. Average hand use and play strength. Could struggle matching up with bigger, more physical tight ends.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

A fast-flowing, instinctive, run-and-hit weakside linebacker capable of producing at a high level if he can bulk up and withstand the rigors of the NFL. Has All-Pro potential in a scheme such as the Buccaneers or Cowboys.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.