Jaguars picks tabbed as 'steals' in the NFL Draft

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars seemed to have a good draft, by value at least, and two of their Day 3 picks have been tabbed as "steals".

The Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Draft was roundly lauded by most experts, getting "A's" across the board for their selections even with the surprising pick of Blake Bortles No. 3 overall. Most of the good grades stemmed from the fact that the Jaguars got good perceived "value" in the draft, including some picks that were considered "steals" where the team got the player.

The most lauded "steal" pick was Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith. Most figured Smith would be a lock for a Day 2 selection, even though he submitted a diluted sample for his drug test at the NFL Combine. The Jaguars grabbed him in the fifth-round, but it wouldn't be a shocker if he wound up a big contributor as a rookie.

Danny Kelly of SB Nation and Field Gulls tabbed Smith as one of the bigger steals in the draft:

Telvin Smith, Jaguars

ILB, Florida St.
Round 5, pick 4 (144)

Though slightly undersized at only 218 pounds, Smith projects as an excellent option at weakside linebacker in Gus Bradley's 4-3 defense. Smith's best attributes -- play speed, instincts, play recognition, tackling and coverage -- should come in very handy as he's asked to flow to the football and fly around to make plays.

The other Smith, Arkansas pass rusher Chris Smith, was also tapped as a steal in the draft because he also ended up in the fifth-round of the draft. Smith had some questionable film during the season at Arkansas, but he surprised a lot of people with his performance during the 2014 Senior Bowl under the Jaguars coaching staff.

Chris Smith

DE, Arkansas
Round 5, pick 19 (159)

I've seen comparisons to Charles Johnson thrown around, and while Smith may be a poor man's version of Johnson as a pass rusher -- he doesn't have many moves at the moment but does possess similar size and lower body power (37" vert at 266 pounds) -- Smith has some tools to work with in development. His height is probably one of the biggest reasons he fell into the fifth after being projected anywhere from the second to fourth, but it should be interesting to see how Bradley gets him involved early.

Both figure to be players who could get playing time early if they are indeed steals.

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