Telvin Smith (born April 11, 1991) is an American football linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

High school career

Smith attended Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia, where he played football and ran track. In football, he registered 84 tackles and two interceptions as a senior for the Vikings. As a junior, he recorded 97 tackles, including 16 for loss and two interceptions, helping his team win the state AAAAA championship.

In track & field, Smith competed in sprints and relays for the Vikings in 2009. At the Region 1AAAAA Meet, he placed 5th in the 400-meter dash event, recording a personal-best time of 51.00 seconds, and ran a leg on the Lowndes 4 × 100 m (42.50 seconds) and 4 × 400 m (3:25.05 minutes) relay squads. [4]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com , he was rated as the 18th best outside linebacker prospect in the nation. [5]

College career

Smith attended Florida State University from 2010 to 2013. As a true freshman in 2010, he played in all 14 games, recording 18 tackles and 1.5 sacks. As a sophomore, he played in 12 games with one start. He had 42 tackles with three sacks and one interception. As a junior in 2012, he played in all 14 games, recording 64 tackles and one sack. After three years as a backup, he took over as a starter in 2013. He led the Seminole's defense with 75 tackles, 9.5 tackles for losses, and three interceptions, two that he returned for touchdown. [6] [7] [8] He was named first-team All- ACC. [9]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
218 lb
(99 kg)
32 1 2 in
(0.83 m)
10 1 4 in
(0.26 m)
4.52 s 31 1 2 in
(0.80 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
All values from NFL Combine [10]

Smith was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round with the 144th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

In Week 7, 2014, against the Cleveland Browns, Smith grabbed his first interception from quarterback Brian Hoyer and returned it 15 yards. As a result, he earned his first AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

In Week 7, 2015, against the Buffalo Bills, Smith intercepted his former Florida State teammate EJ Manuel. He returned the interception 26 yards for a touchdown, his first career score for the Jaguars. His performance against the Bills earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Smith would finish the season with 128 tackles and 2.5 sacks in addition to the interception against the Bills. He was ranked 83rd on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016. [11]

In the 2016 season, Smith started all 16 games, recording 118 tackles, eight passes defensed and two interceptions.

On September 17, 2017, in Week 2, Smith intercepted quarterback Marcus Mariota to stop a drive that was in Jaguars' territory in a 37–16 loss to the Tennessee Titans. [12] In Week 5, Smith recorded 10 tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown in a 30-9 win over the Steelers, a game in which the Jaguars had five interceptions and two returned for a touchdown, including the one from Smith. His performance in Week 5 earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week. [4] On October 25, 2017, Smith signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension with the Jaguars. [4]