Name: Telvin Smith
Twitter Handle: @TelvinSmith_22
2012 Season Stats: 64 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1 sack
Prognostication: Telvin Smith has been a defensive force in Tallahassee since his arrival in 2010. Immediately making an impact on special teams and at the linebacker position, you could see right off the bat that Smith was going to be a stud for years to come–and he has indeed become that. 2013 will see a change however. While he is quite the talent, Telvin has mainly been a backup during his time in Tally, behind Vince Williams. With Williams now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Telvin is ready to step into a full-time starting role and give us all one more season of watching him make incredible defensive plays.
Strengths: While the term “instinctual” gets thrown around a lot when it comes to football players, Telvin Smith is the epitome of that term. He has that nose for the football that you’re looking for in any potentially successful linebacker. What’s even more impressive though is what happens when he gets to that ball-carrier. Telvin Smith loves delivering those bone-crunching hits that make you jump out of your seat in excitement. Also, for a guy his size, he’s incredibly strong.
Weaknesses: This is the part where we’re going to have to speak about size again. For as physical and aggressive as Telvin plays his position, his 218-pound frame can’t support that for long. This might even be looking past this season and toward his professional prospects, but it’s still a point of concern either way. And, while not a proven weakness just yet, it’ll be interesting to see how his pass coverage progresses throughout the season as he’s expected to primarily play on the weak side, not in the middle as he’s used to.
Jack is the Lead Florida State Football Writer for Chop Chat. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackJ14CFB