Photo of Yawin Smallwood
Drafted By: Falcons

Combine Results

Grade
5.24 ?
  • 5.01 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 108.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 246LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Strong safety-option quarterback who also played basketball as a Massachusetts prep. Redshirted in 2010. Started all 36 games of his career at middle linebacker, pacing UConn tacklers his final two seasons -- totaled 94 tackles, 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks with three pass breakups, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble return touchdown in '11; 120-15-4 with four pass breakups and two forced fumbles in '12; and 118-9.5-4 with nine pass breakups, an interception TD and two forced fumbles in '13. Team captain. Strained his left hamstring running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and did not run at his pro day while still nursing the injury, only performing positional drills.

Analysis

Strengths

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. Very good leaping ability (36 1/2-inch vertical).

Weaknesses

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 4-5

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
C
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.

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