2014 NFL Draft Profile: Yawin Smallwood

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2014 NFL Draft Profile: Yawin Smallwood
Fred Beckham

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.

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