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|Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood recorded 118 tackles and four sacks as a junior.|
Connecticut junior inside linebacker Yawin Smallwood intends to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, the official UConn Twitter account announced Saturday.
After tallying seven tackles and two sacks today, Yawin Smallwood told his teammates following the win he will declare for the NFL Draft.â UConnFootball (@UConnFootball) December 7, 2013
Smallwood (6-foot-4, 236 pounds), who is athletic and runs well, finished the season with 118 tackles and four sacks.
"He's an extremely athletic linebacker with excellent speed and quickness," NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks said. "He is the kind of sideline-to-sideline playmaker most NFL defensive coordinators covet in a 4-3 scheme. He is a solid Day 2 prospect who could rise when scouts take a long, hard look at him."
Smallwood had 120 tackles last season and 94 in 2011.
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