05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 82/7. Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State, 6-3, 218, 4.47, 2-3...Rangy athlete with loose hips and springs in his legs. Aggressive blitzer with explosive first step and closes quickly with evil intent. His intriguing ball-hawking and leaping skills give rise to a possible move to strong safety, which was also enhanced when he intercepted three passes and returned two for touchdowns last year, tying an FSU record with Deion Sanders (1988), Terrell Buckley (1990, 1991) and Derrick Brooks (1993). Frankly: Intense athlete who just might be a playmaker no matter where he lines up, but as a true OLB in a 3-4 scheme, he might not have the instinct or patience to consistently play in space. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
04/15/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: Telvin Smith, Florida State, 6-3, 218, 4.52, 2-3...Rangy athlete with loose hips and springs in his legs. Aggressive blitzer with explosive first step and closes quickly with evil intent. His intriguing ball-hawking and leaping skills give rise to a possible move to strong safety, which was also enhanced when he intercepted three passes and returned two for touchdowns last year, tying an FSU record with Deion Sanders (1988), Terrell Buckley (1990, 1991) and Derrick Brooks (1993). Frankly: Intense athlete who just might be a playmaker no matter where he lines up, but as a true OLB in a 3-4 scheme, he might not have the instinct or patience to consistently play in space. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 60. Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State, 6-3, 218, 4.60, 2...Rangy athlete with loose hips and springs in his legs. Aggressive blitzer with explosive first step and closes quickly with evil intent. Fluid in his cover drops and plays natural in space. Excellent read-and-react instincts to diagnose and attack without hesitation. Light, but physical and won't shy from point of attack contact. Motivated, hard-working leader who needs to add some muscle. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/20/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN LOSERS: Telvin Smith, ILB, Florida State: Smith's speed is certain to get him drafted but teams may have to move him outside or perhaps drop him back to safety with a frame that looks packed out at 218 pounds. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, LINEBACKER: Top player: Telvin Smith, Florida State...Despite being a tick undersized, Smith has the range and speed to cover both sidelines. He will get tied up and lost in a crowd, but when he has the chance to play in space or rush the pocket, few linebackers in this class display his sudden explosive qualities. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/06/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior LB Telvin Smith, like many of his teammates on Florida State's defense, was snubbed for the All-ACC First-Team. The Seminoles had only one selection, DB Lamarcus Joyner, even though Smith leads the Seminoles' third-ranked FBS defense with 75 tackles, 9.5 tackles for losses and three interceptions, two that he returned for touchdowns. He had eight tackles, including two for losses, and his third pick of the season last week against Duke, and he helped bottle up the middle of the field, forcing Duke to all but abandon the run. That's important going forward because if Smith can disrupt Auburn's top-ranked rushing attack, it will force the Tigers to pass, something QB Nick Marshall, the team's second-leading rusher, is far less comfortable doing. - The Sports Xchange
12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB-Telvin Smith, Sr., Florida State (37)...Has been selected First Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches. - Florida State football
12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): LB Telvin Smith, Florida State, 6-3, 218, Sr., Valdosta, Ga. (105)...Has been selected Second Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). - Florida State football
10/24/2013 - Top Prospect of Week 8: Florida State LB Telvin Smith...With a breathtaking performance in a primetime showdown with Tajh Boyd and Clemson, freshman sensation Jameis Winston stole the spotlight from two rosters filled with highly regarded NFL prospects. Heisman voters can afford to focus on dynamic underclassmen. NFL scouts can appreciate them for now but can't waste opportunities to gauge so many talented seniors in such a competitive environment. By forcing three turnovers against the Tigers, versatile FSU defensive back Lamarcus Joyner made sure scouts couldn't help but leave Death Valley acknowledging his instincts and big-play ability.
Since Saturday night's 51-14 shellacking, Winston and Joyner have been well acknowledged for their play. Outside linebacker Telvin Smith, however, hasn't generated as much hype ... at least not in the media. Scouts leaving the game, however, were quick to point to Smith's athleticism and awareness as "hidden" factors in Florida State's ability to shut down Clemson's high-powered offense.
Under the legendary Bobby Bowden and defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, the Seminoles built the mold for undersized athletic linebackers just like the 6-foot-2, 218-pound Smith. Few of the 220-pounders that starred for Florida State during this era were able to continue their success as linebackers in the NFL. The physical demands of the position were often too much for players of this size, forcing some to attempt to make the switch to safety. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/24/2013 - Top Prospect of Week 8: Florida State LB Telvin Smith...Perhaps the play that best illustrated Smith's strengths and weaknesses in this regard came early in the second quarter with Florida State ahead 17-7. Boyd hit McDowell on a quick swing pass to his right and the 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back caught the ball with nearly 15 yards of open field between himself and Smith, whose rapid closing seemed to illustrate that he had coverage responsibilities. McDowell tried to shake the linebacker but Smith's explosive speed seemed to catch the running back by surprise and the two collided for what looked like a four-yard loss.
Instead, McDowell was able to wiggle free, reversing his field to run left, before cutting back right into the middle of the field...only to find the hustling Smith waiting to knock the back to the ground for a loss of eight. The chaotic second quarter tackle for loss was Smith's only "big" play from a statistical standpoint. Officially Florida State credited him with 11 tackles, though he appeared to be on more. Further, their stat sheet doesn't recognize the handful pass breakups he seemed to force in this game. Regardless of the statistical evidence, Smith's ability to cover sideline to sideline, appeared to unnerve the Tigers. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/24/2013 - Top Prospect of Week 8: Florida State LB Telvin Smith...Smith's toughness and athleticism give him as good a shot as any of Florida State's undersized linebackers over the year. Better yet, he's poised to the enter the NFL at a time in which teams are more willing than ever to sacrifice mass for speed and instincts in coverage from the linebacker position.
Smith's athleticism was demonstrated almost immediately against the Tigers. Though Joyner was the defender who ripped the ball away from Stanton Seckinger on the first play from scrimmage, Smith hit the Clemson tight end first. Further, it was Smith who batted away the Tigers' next series, knocking down a 3rd down pass from Boyd to running back Roderick McDowell that forced Clemson's first punt. He wasn't just asked to cover backs and tight ends in this contest. Smith covered Clemson wideouts, including superstar Sammy Watkins, at times -- and covered him well. Regardless of Smith's coverage ability, to play linebacker in the NFL, one must be a forceful and reliable open field tackler. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 ACC CO-LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Telvin Smith, Florida State, Sr., LB, 6-3, 218, Valdosta, Ga.,...Smith led No. 5 Florida State to a 51-14 victory at No. 3 Clemson on Saturday night by totaling a game-high 11 tackles, along with a tackle-for-loss and a pass break-up. Smith was also in on the tackle on the first play of the game that resulted in a fumble by Clemson tight end Stanton Seckinger. Smith spearheaded a defensive effort that held Clemson nearly 200 yards below its season average in total offense. FSU held the Tigers to 326 total yards after Clemson entered the contest averaging 514.5 yards per game. - ACC football
09/30/2013 - WEEK 5 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Telvin Smith, Florida State, Sr., OLB, 6-3, 218, Valdosta, Ga.,...Smith led Florida State defensively in a 48-34 victory at Boston College by making a game-high 10 stops and matching his career-best with two tackles for loss. Smith also had a sack, and his 10-tackle performance was a season high. - ACC football
08/09/2013 - OTHER FLORIDA STATE PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: OLB Telvin Smith (6-2, 218, 4.59)...A career backup, Smith is projected to replace Vince Williams as the Seminoles' starting middle linebacker in 2013. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/17/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Telvin Smith, Florida State...A speedy, sideline-to-sideline linebacker, Smith could see his number skyrocket in 2013 with his move to the outside. Smith finished last year with a team's third-best 64 total tackles. - Florida State football
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