Oct 12, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; South Carolina Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw (14) looks to make a pass under pressure from Arkansas Razorback defensive end Chris Smith (42) during the first half of a game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports
The Jacksonville Jaguars went back-to-back with defensive players in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting linebacker Telvin Smith out of FSU and defensive end Chris Smith out of Arkansas. General manager David Caldwell has been strictly defense so far in day 3 after selecting cornerback Aaron Colvin in round 4.
Adding Telvin Smith gives the Jaguars a very strong Seminoles vibe in the linebacking corp. Smith joins fellow former Noles Geno Hayes and Dekoda Watson, and Smith should provide speed and athleticism to a young defensive unit.
The Jaguars were likely going to look for a project defensive end/LEO, and Chris Smith appears to be that guy. Coming out of Arkansas at 6’3″, 268 pounds, Smith doesn’t have ideal speed for an edge rusher, but he has length and some good tools as a pass rusher.
Being 5th round picks, neither player is expected to contribute significantly right away, but head coach Gus Bradley has knack for coaching up young defensive talent. Telvin Smith in particular could be a perfect fit and a plug-and-play starter at outside linebacker if he bulks up a bit. Regardless, both players will likely see some playing time as part of what’s slowly becoming a very deep defensive line and linebacker rotation.
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