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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Florida State LB Telvin Smith

04.30.14 at 5:27 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Telvin Smith (AP)

Telvin Smith returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns in 2013, his first year as a starter at Florida State. (AP)

TELVIN SMITH

Position: Linebacker

School: Florida State

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 218 pounds

Achievements: 2013 second-team All-ACC

What he brings: Smith is a fast, rangy linebacker with above-average coverage skills for the position. He has the speed and instincts to be a good coverage linebacker in the NFL, but he lacks the weight to match up with some of the bigger players. The 23-year-old needs to get better at tackling and wrapping up.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-4

Notes: Smith recorded 90 tackles in 2013, his first year as a starter, along with three interceptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns. In the ACC championship game, Smith record a sack, an interception, eight tackles and two tackles for a loss. … At the NFL combine he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash. … In 2011 Smith was suspended one game for violating team rules.

Related articles:

Orlando Sentinel: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith inspired by his hometown’s passion for football

ESPN: Telvin Smith leads by example

Video: Here are Smith’€™s 2013 highlights with Florida State.

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