Photo of Yawin Smallwood
5.35 ?
  • 5.01 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 108.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 246LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


2013: Butkus Award finalist and first-team All-AAC pick. 2012: First-team All-Big East selection. 2011: Started all 12 games at middle linebacker. 2010: Redshirted.



Good size, acceleration and straight-line speed. Plays on his feet and sidesteps blocks. Gets depth in his zone drops and keeps pace with backs in coverage. Highly productive three-year starter. Respected, coachable team captain.


Average eyes and instincts. Does not use his hands violently to take on and discard blocks. Shows some lower-body stiffness. Dull lateral agility. Does not play downhill and can be a step late to the perimeter. Inconsistent run fits and tackling -- too often fails to wrap and drive through ball carriers.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

Productive college middle linebacker at his best when he?s kept clean or has a clear path. Projects best in a 4-3, where he has enough athleticism and functionality in coverage to play in the middle or on the weak side. Has starter-caliber potential, but might be the type you look to replace.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.