With all of the speculating on who all of us think Carolina is interested in, I bring you news of a talent that has already had a good visit with the team.
Telvin Smith the game changing "Will" linebacker for the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles has met with the Carolina coaches and it seems like the two sides really hit it off.
I can't even lie...this Carolina visit was real! Great coaches & staff! Just an all around good program..Will I be a Panther?🙊 #DraftLife— Telvin Smith (@TelvinSmith_22) April 15, 2014
This has always been one of Ron Rivera's themes that you can never have to many linebackers, being a former one himself. If Carolina did decide to draft Smith it would make a ton of sense form the standpoint that Thomas Davis is only under contract for a couple of more seasons. Why not get his replacement now to learn the ropes and give him time to bulk up some more to be able to hold up at the linebacker position on the NFL level. This is one theory, I have another one instead.
It is my opinion that Telvin Smith could play that enforcer strong safety at the next level in the same mold as Seattle's own Kam Chancellor. This would be an ideal fit for Telvin to use his current size at 6' 3" and 218 lbs to be that in the box safety that has the quickness to cover the pass catching TE's on the next level while remaining a monster in run support.
Per Dane Brugler
STRENGTHS: Rangy athlete with loose hips and springs in his legs. Closes quickly with a violent attitude and explosive first step. Aggressive blitzer with speed and initial pop to split gaps.
Fluid in his cover drops and plays natural in space. Easy for blockers to underestimate his speed, bursting into the backfield with a fiery temperament. Excellent read/react instincts to diagnose and attack without hesitation. Light, but physical and won't shy from point of attack contact, tackling through his target and taking on blocks to find the quickest route to the ballcarrier.
Motivated competitor and leader. Hard worker and pushes himself to reach his full potential. Very talkative and confident and is the tone-setter of the defense. Teammates feed off his energy on and off the field. Versatile experience playing weak-side and middle linebacker and also starring on special teams.
WEAKNESSES: Thin-muscled with very lean limbs and limited growth potential to add much more bulk. Needs to stay disciplined and improve his timing and anticipation to not over-pursue his target. Overaggressive angles and needs to stay controlled.
Lacks natural power and needs to do a better job finishing once he makes contact with the ballcarrier. Struggles to shed once engaged and lacks the upper body strength to consistently fight through offensive line blocks. Needs to play smarter in coverage and has a few late hit penalties on his resume.
Scheme specific and won't be an ideal fit for all 32 teams, but doesn't want to play another position. Only one year as a full-time starter at the college level.
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