The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith with the 144th pick, in round five. He is the seventh Seminole to be picked in the 2014 NFL draft.
Out of Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes, Smith has been a playmaker all of his life. But it was really in 2013 that he became more of a complete linebacker, taking on blocks, and playing with discipline. 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.
Here are his accolades via his FSU bio.
SI.com All-America Honorable Mention
Coaches All-ACC First Team
All-ACC Second Team
2013: FSU's leading tackler (90) and one of the senior leaders who played a huge role on and off the field in leading the Seminoles to the VIZIO BCS National Championship game when he had a career-best 15 tackles... first `Nole in 20 years with two pick-6s in a season (68-yd TD vs. B-CU and 79-yd TD vs. Idaho)...in 18th place in FSU history with 29.0 tackles for loss...second on the team in TFL (9.5)...second on the team in interceptions and leads the defense in interception return yards (3-147)...named ACC Linebacker of the Week on Sept. 30 and Co-LB of the Week on Oct. 21...tied a career high with 2.0 tackles for loss in the season opener at Pitt on Sept. 2...returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown against Bethune-Cookman...tied a career high with 2.0 tackles for loss, recorded his first sack of the season and finished with 10 total tackles at Boston College on Sept. 28...made five tackles and was credited with a pass break-up against Maryland...tied a career high with 11 tackles, including 1.0 TFL and a pass break-up at Clemson...posted six tackles, one pass break-up and recovered a fumble against NC State...four tackles, with 1.0 tackles for loss against Miami...had three tackles, including 0.5 TFL, at Wake Forest...registered four tackles, 1.0 TFL and a pass break-up against Syracuse...made four tackles and returned an interception 79 yards for a TD against Idaho; it was his second INT and TD of the season...recorded three tackles and recovered a fumble at Florida...had a monster ACC Championship Game with eight tackles, two TFL, an INT and a sack leading the team in each of those categories except tackles, which he was second...leader on nation top-ranked scoring defense (12.1 ppg) and interceptions leader (26)...competed in the Senior Bowl.