by Aaron Wilson
May 05, 02014
The entire NFC South, including the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, conducted private workouts and had speedy Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith in for visits.
Smith is a rising draft prospect who also visited the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles and worked out privately for the New England Patriots, according to sources.
Smith is one of the fastest linebackers in the draft with a 4.52 time in the 40-yard dash with some projecting him as a strong safety candidate.
The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder is a projected second-round draft target.
The Georgia native intercepted three passes last season, returning two for touchdowns.
Last season, he led the Seminoles with 75 tackles, 9.5 for losses, and was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference.
As a junior, he had 64 tackles and one sack.
Smith had a 31 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 9-11 broad jump and has bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times.
Smith is an aggressive blitzer with outstanding range and speed who has positional flexibility and special-teams skills.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun