The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially signed rookie linebacker and fifth-round draft pick Telvin Smith.
At 6'3, 218 pounds, there's concern that Smith might be undersized for a weakside linebacker. But he showed at Florida State, and mini-camp practices, that there's absolutely no concerns with his athleticism. 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.
Smith also has the added benefit of being on Bradley's South Team in the 2014 Senior Bowl. He took over the game with his quickness, speed, and willingness to be a vocal leader in the heart of the 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. He should see significant time at linebacker in 2014 for the Jaguars, with most of his play time coming in specific defensive packages and situations.