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11/20/14 - LB Yawin Smallwood was signed by the Titans to their practice squad Thursday (Nov. 20).
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Falcon's picks: Round 7/253 - Yawin Smallwood, MLB, 6-2, 246, Connecticut...Smallwood played middle linebacker for the Huskies and flowed well to the ball. He was a team captain in 2013. - The Sports Xchange
04/15/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: *Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut, 6-2, 246, 5.01, 3...Based on diverse use in college, Smallwood is a prospect capable of being efficient against both the run and the pass in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. He moved from outside to inside linebacker in 2011, which brought him closer to the center of action, but didn't prevent the Huskies from deploying him in coverage even against wide receivers. UConn's Defensive Player of the Year with 118 tackles, including four sacks among his 9.5 stops for a loss.
Frankly: Interesting, but not totally convincing. Production is impressive, but he needs to be tougher as ILB, maybe faster as OLB. Ignore that 5.01-second time in 40 yards at combine, where he pulled a hamstring. He will need to validate that production against a steady diet of top athletes in the NFL. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
12/17/13 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Yawin Smallwood, UConn, Jr., 6-4 236, Worcester, Mass./Doherty,...Smallwood’s honor comes after he we was named UConn’s Defensive Player of the Year earlier this week. The linebacker started all 12 games for UConn and led the team with 118 tackles, currently placing him at 22nd in the nation and third in the conference with 9.8 stops per contest.
Smallwood also picked up 9.5 TFL and a team-high four sacks, adding an interception, nine pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles to an all-around dominant season. Smallwood notched double-digit tackles in six games, including a career-high 16 vs. Towson on Aug. 29, and at least seven in four others. He is a repeat member of the All-Conference First Team after being named to the All-BIG EAST First Team in 2012. - UConn football
12/12/13 - Top Prospect of Week 14: Connecticut LB Yawin Smallwood...Possessing an athletic frame and ease of motion typically found in outside linebackers, Smallwood burst upfield on a delayed blitz, nearly taking down Lynch, himself. The speed with which Smallwood entered the quarterback's vision seemed to startle him and Lynch dropped his eyes to scramble rather than keeping his head up to find receivers breaking open. Smallwood's athleticism is just as helpful when dropping into coverage.
A more fluid athlete than Stanford's Shayne Skov or Wisconsin's Chris Borland, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior inside linebackers, Smallwood was asked to cover wide receivers as well as running backs against Memphis, showing good balance, agility and speed for the position. Complementing Smallwood's athleticism are his long arms and strong hands, other physical characteristics scouts prefer at the position because they help defenders disengage from blocks and latch on to the shifty ball-carriers in the NFL. With the NFL increasingly turning towards the pass, inside linebackers generally drop on draft day. Smallwood's intriguing traits, however, could make him an exception to the rule. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com