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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
12/12/13 - Top Prospect of Week 14: Connecticut LB Yawin Smallwood...For good reason, much of the focus following Conference Championship Saturday has centered upon impressive wins by Florida State, Auburn, Michigan State and Stanford. From a scouts' perspective, however, one of the most noteworthy performances of the weekend actually took place in a much quieter setting. Shortly after helping the Connecticut Huskies beat the Memphis Tigers 45-10 Saturday, Smallwood announced his intention to forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL draft.
Demonstrating the same big play ability which characterized much of his three starting seasons for the Huskies, the First Team American Athletic Conference (formerly Big East) pick registered seven tackles (six solos), including two sacks and a pass broken up. It wasn't the most statistically dominant game of Smallwood's career but it did show off the versatility of the linebacker, who paced UCONN with 118 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and four sacks and was voted the team's Defensive MVP this season.
One of Smallwood's most impressive characteristics is his ability to rush the quarterback. He "only" registered two sacks against the Tigers - with each of them coming in the fourth quarter as the Huskies held a double-digit lead - but his awareness and acceleration resulted in big plays for teammates on several other, earlier snaps. Connecticut defensive tackle Shamar Stephen was credited with the first quarter sack that forced a Memphis field goal attempt for example, but it was Smallwood who forced Tigers' quarterback Paxton Lynch to step up into the arms of the 6-foot-5, 313 pound defender. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/08/13 - UConn's Yawin Smallwood boosts 2014 LB draft class...Connecticut junior LB Yawin Smallwood made it official on Saturday, he will enter the 2014 NFL Draft. He projects as a likely top-100 prospect and day two selection. Smallwood released an open letter and stated his intentions. Smallwood is the No. 4-rated ILB and No. 109 prospect overall for the 2014 class, according to NFLDraftScout.com. He led the Huskies in 2013 with 118 tackles and four sacks, adding 9.5 tackles for loss, 10 passes defended and one interception.
At 6-2 and 244 pounds, Smallwood has NFL size and length with the strength to match, displaying the toughness and energy to finish tackles. He plays fast downhill, but also flashes the range to drop and cover the sidelines. Although he's leaving after his junior season, Smallwood has a very productive resume with 36 starts and 332 total tackles the past three seasons. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com