Former Seminoles Telvin Smith wants to stay a linebacker

Former Florida State Seminoles linebacker Telvin Smith is the classic ‘tweener.  He was a rangy, instinctive linebacker with tremendous speed and athleticism for the Noles, but his size is a question when it comes to the NFL.  Recently at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Smith weighed in at his listed weight of 218lbs exactly.  The question comes up as to whether he can stay as a linebacker or if he needs to move to safety.

The fact is that Smith can play as a linebacker at his current size.  The issue that comes up is when he can play linebacker.  He seems like he is perfect for the so called Spur position that has become increasingly popular in both college and the NFL.  Predominately a sub package player, these players give teams the ability to have linebackers play in pass coverage, rush the passer and just add speed to the field.  Additionally, they are great on special teams because they have speed but are bigger than defensive backs.

In Mobile, Smith had some real struggles in individual drills and he was rail thin compared to the field that was present.  However, in team drills, Smith shined, showing his instincts and his ability to get to plays.  Smith is a linebacker and while teams may look at him potentially as a safety, he makes more sense as a sub package linebacker and seeing if he cannot prove he can be a full service player.

Topics: Florida State Seminoles Football, NFL Draft, Telvin Smith

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