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Why The Cowboys Should Consider LB Telvin Smith

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by NeonDeion21, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. NeonDeion21

    NeonDeion21 Well-Known Member

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    Telvin Smith measured in at the combine at 6’3, 218 pounds with below average arm length (32 1/4″). At 218 pounds, he is the lightest linebacker to come into the league since 1999. Smith doesn’t have a rocked up build and he doesn’t have a big frame to add girth. He doesn’t do well when engaged on blocks and will never be able to take on guards and shed in the run game. Smith likely won’t be able to match up in one-on-one coverage with tight-ends, because he will be severely over-matched due to his size. He has a few major flaws in his game and he will likely be removed from most 3-4 teams’ draft boards and even some 4-3 teams as he is exclusively a weak-side linebacker.

    But this is what I know, Telvin Smith can play in this league at a high level despite his short comings. If you put Smith in the right system with the right coach, this is a player you can get in the early rounds that can dominate. Smith was the best linebacker at Florida State and was the tone-setter for the defense. The rest of team fed off his energy and desire to win. Take a look at how he can flow to the ball and use his instincts to make the play:

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  2. Chris in Arizona

    Chris in Arizona I am Death

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    I think this goes in the draft forum but agree with you. In today's passing game, a LB with his skill set his very valuable. I think he would do well in the current scheme we are attempting as well. He's an every down guy, but I'd like to see him playing behind a bulkier D Line to help him out in run support.
  3. supercowboy8

    supercowboy8 Well-Known Member

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    I like Jordon Tripp better. Like Smith but Tripp just stands out more to me.
  4. Chris in Arizona

    Chris in Arizona I am Death

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    Do not agree. At all. Tripp does nothing for me.
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  5. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    What? Safeties play coverage against TEs and most Safeties are not 6-3, 218.

    His DL kept him really clean in college. NFL LBs have to take on blocks by Guards, even 4-3 WLBs. It was something that Bruce Carter struggled with in 2013.

    If a team could afford to just have Tevin Smith as a nickel LB they would have something; otherwise, he's going to have to get bigger or play Safety.
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  6. supercowboy8

    supercowboy8 Well-Known Member

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    Smith scares me like all these FSU players on this draft does. Real good players playing next to other real good players. What would telvin smith be on a team like Montana. Might not even hear about him. I just don't like drafting players that are on loaded teams. They seem to look better than they really are because of all the attention other players get.
  7. supercowboy8

    supercowboy8 Well-Known Member

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    Why? The guy is all around the ball and doesn't have the advantage to play on a great defense like FSU with all those nfl players around him. Put Smith on Montana and never gets heard of
  8. NeonDeion21

    NeonDeion21 Well-Known Member

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    Is currently at 224. Scouts told him to stay at that weight.
  9. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    I agree. Love Smith because he is so intense and always flying to the ball. And unlike Tripp, he is extremely physical, and not just for his size. Tripp is a drag down tackler and plays too finesse for my taste. Smith is not only faster and more physical than Tripp, he has more potential. And if Smith cannot put on 10 more lbs, just move him to SS. He could be a Kam Chancellor type, except faster.
  10. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    I understand you prefer Tripp but your line of reasoning makes no sense. Tripp is a beast among scrubs to your eyes but Telvin Smith is currently beasting among blue chippers, so you expect him to disappear if playing with scrubs??

    Smith's play stands out while playing around elite talent right now. That is a pro, not a con. Smith will have to play with elite talent when he gets to the NFL too.
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  11. supercowboy8

    supercowboy8 Well-Known Member

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    No smith stand out with great players next to him. I said I like Smith just don't want to draft to early and turns out a bust because his team was great and hide his flaws.
    Bobby Carpenter was great in college on a stacked Ohio st team but sucked in pros
  12. Chris in Arizona

    Chris in Arizona I am Death

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    and put Tripp on Florida State and he never sees the field. Tripp was tackling guys who will be working in warehouses next fall.
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  13. supercowboy8

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    I dis agree that's like saying put ware on a alabama team and he rides the bench just because he played at troy.

    All I'm saying is don't get so caught up know smith when he had nfl players playing around him making plays.

    I just wouldn't take him early. I would consider him 4th round maybe 3rd depending on who is there to pick.

    Tripp played some pretty good teams this year and stood out. Always around the ball. But yes playing on Montana scares me too and wouldn't touch him until the 4th either.

    Just my personal opinion I like Tripp more
  14. Gaede

    Gaede Well-Known Member

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    I like Smith a lot.

    But 220 lbs is just too small.
  15. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    So when you say struggled, what you really mean was super glued to opposing guards?
  16. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Does he remind anyone of former Cowboys Darrin Smith?
  17. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but it was weird because he was good at shedding blocks in 2012. Usually 4-3 LBs moving to ILB in a 3-4 struggle to shed blocks but the opposite is rarely true.
  18. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Actually reminds me of former Cowboys Darren Woodson. Woody was a tick faster (combine: 4.51 40 vs. 4.52 40) and Telvin is a tad taller (6'3 vs. 6'2). Both were undersized but great coverage OLB in college with great instincts and loved to hit.
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  19. sbark

    sbark Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    that's where I was going also...............
  20. NeonDeion21

    NeonDeion21 Well-Known Member

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    I see him as LB. With the way the NFL is going, speed over size. It's what Rod and Will McClay want.

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