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Fresh off winning a BCS National Championship, Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith is now the newest member of the Jaguars' linebacker corps.
Smith is talented there's no question about that, but he was one of the players who Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported had "failed" his drug test at the 2014 combine.
On tape, Smith is an instinctive, ultra-fast linebacker who's showed countless times that he has no issues whatsoever bouncing all over the field and making plays.
Standing at 6'3", and weighing a meager 218 pounds, he still has plenty of room to bulk up—something he's going to have to do if he wants to play weak-side linebacker in the NFL.
While scouting Smith, Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com (h/t CBSSports.com) highlighted some of his strengths:
Fluid in his cover drops and plays natural in space. Easy for blockers to underestimate his speed, bursting into the backfield with a fiery temperament. Excellent read/react instincts to diagnose and attack without hesitation. Light, but physical and won't shy from point of attack contact, tackling through his target and taking on blocks to find the quickest route to the ballcarrier.
Caldwell has done an excellent job addressing his team's biggest needs. You may question the picks, but you can't question the fact that he's doing his very best to shore up weak spots on this roster.
Smith is just another example of that.