Examining draft picks: Telvin Smith

May, 19, 2014
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Taking a deeper look at each of the Jacksonville Jaguars' nine draft picks:

Linebacker Telvin Smith

Round drafted (pick): Fourth (No. 144 overall).

Height and weight: 6-feet-3, 218 pounds.

Stat(s) to know: Smith started 15 games in his career at Florida State, including all 14 in the 2013 season. ... He returned two interceptions for touchdowns last season, tying the single-season school record shared by Deion Sanders, Terrell Buckley, and Derrick Brooks. ... He also recovered four fumbles and caused two others in his career.

Where he fits: Defenses are in sub packages more than half the time in the NFL now, so speed and athleticism is even more highly valued at linebacker and the Jaguars envision Smith playing what coach Gus Bradley called a nickel linebacker to take advantage of his speed. Smith will be used to cover tight ends and backs and as a rusher in certain packages. Bradley said they would like Smith to get up to about 230 pounds to better handle the pounding he’s going to take in the NFL.

Concern(s): Smith admitted to failing a drug test at the combine, so that is a huge red flag, especially for an organization already dealing with the Justin Blackmon situation. Smith has assured the coaching staff it was an isolated mistake and won’t happen again, but there is still a level of concern. By rule, Smith enters the NFL already in the drug testing program, so he has no margin for error.

Rookie projection: Smith will get on the field in on third downs, where he can be used as a situational rusher.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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