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Jaguars sign fifth-round pick Telvin Smith


The Jaguars have all of their third-day draft picks under contract.

Linebacker Telvin Smith, a fifth-round selection, finalized a four-year deal with the Jaguars on Tuesday, the club said. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Smith notched 90 tackles for national champion Florida State in 2013.

Before the draft, Fox’s Jay Glazer reported Smith was among the prospects who had failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine. After Smith was selected, Jaguars G.M. David Caldwell indicated the team had talked with the linebacker about the expectations in Jacksonville.

“We had some very candid conversations with him and let him know that we drafted five really high-character guys before him and we expect him to follow the lead of those guys,” Caldwell said, according to a transcript from the club. “He knows that it was a mistake of his and he’s paid dearly for it, so now he has the opportunity to make up for it.”

Initially, Smith could see work on special teams, with a chance to contribute on passing downs perhaps later to come, Caldwell said after the draft.

“He runs a 4.49 so he has the ability to match up with athletic tight ends. He’s a space player and can cover a lot of ground,” Caldwell said, per the club.

With Smith under contract, quarterback Blake Bortles, wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson and offensive guard Brandon Linder are the Jaguars’ unsigned draft picks. Bortles was the Jaguars’ first-round choice, with the receivers second-round selections and Linder a third-round pick.

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3 Responses to “Jaguars sign fifth-round pick Telvin Smith”
  1. orecic76 says: May 27, 2014 11:49 PM

    He’s gonna be special! Look for him to stand out every time he’s on the field.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: May 28, 2014 12:38 AM

    They will pay Beetle Brows just under $14 million this year to sit and watch Chad Henne. Brilliant.

  3. robigd says: May 28, 2014 8:21 AM

    This guy will end up being one of the steals of the draft.

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