Florida State outside linebacker Telvin Smith is perhaps the most interesting prospect in this year’s draft that isn’t being talked about often enough. Despite only having one year of starting experience at outside linebacker at FSU, he is so committed to the position that he refuses to play in a different spot at the NFL level.
Some teams may see Telvin Smith’s unwillingness to change as dedication and focus while others may see it as being stubborn. He has advanced from special teams, to a rotational position, to full time starter over his college career. It is fairly clear that he adapts well to new situations, but he must enjoy his current position enough not to want to change again.
Smith stands 6’3″ tall and weighs in at 218 pounds, but has a frame that could allow him to add more bulk to add to his durability and help out the physical aspects of his game. That’s not to say that the physical part of his game lacks in any way currently. He seems to seek contact when necessary and accelerates well into impacts.
54 games played
- 139 solo tackles
- 214 total tackles
- 29 tackles for a loss
- 7 sacks
- 4 interceptions
- 2 defensive touchdowns
- 11 passes defended
- 2 forced fumbles
Telvin Smith’s final year at Florida State was by far his best campaign. He accumulated 90 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 interceptions. Smith is just recently coming into his own at the position and could be a unique talent to draft and develop at outside linebacker.
- Very aggressive
- Quick acceleration
- Not afraid of contact
- Football smart
- Unwilling to change positions
- One year NCAA starter
- Needs to bulk up for NFL
- Could be too scheme dependent for many teams
Fit For The Vikings
Minnesota will be looking to add competition for the current group of linebackers in Minnesota often in this draft.
Telvin Smith could be an option for the Vikings if he somehow slips to the end of the third round. He would provide instant competition for current favorite Gerald Hodges on the outside.