With the No. 144 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars have picked Florida State outside linebacker Telvin Smith. After focusing on the offense for the first two days of the draft, Smith is the second defensive player taken in as many picks by the Jaguars on the third day.
At 6'3, 218 pounds, Smith is an undersized player with limited potential to add more weight; however, there's no question about his athleticism, as he is a rangy athlete who is explosive and plays with a violent attitude. In Gus Bradley's hybrid defense, Smith's best fit is likely as a WILL linebacker, who can read and react, as well as get after the quarterback from time to time.
Bradley was made familiar with Smith during his time coaching the Senior Bowl, as the former Seminoles linebacker immediately took over a vocal leadership role on the South Team defense. That was exactly the type of player he was at FSU that made him a fan favorite, according to Bud Elliott of SB Nation's FSU blog, Tomahawk Nation:
Smith is incredibly quick, instinctive, and if he can put on more weight on his long frame, he can be an excellent 4-3 WILL linebacker in the NFL. Smith is one of the most passionate players ever to come through Florida State.
The Jaguars added former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Dekoda Watson in free agency, and Smith will further add to the weakside linebacker competition.