UConn Draft Prospect Yawin Smallwood Talks Draft

March 24, 2014 • John Ulecka • Front Page, Interviews, NFL Draft

Yawin Smallwood

University of Connecticut ILB
6’2″/246 pounds

First team All-Big East (2012)
First team All-AAC (2013)
332 tackles (27 TFL),  9.5 sacks, 2 INT

Yawin has great size (6’2″/246) to play both the inside and outside linebacker positions. Fans really got to recognize his skills when he has flying all over the field vs. Michigan early in 2013. Yawin will provide an NFL team with a great Instinctual player that will put forth the effort to be the best.

Smallwood, a top inside linebacker prospect for this May’s NFL Draft, took the time to briefly answer some of our questions:

All-Out Blitz: Do you feel the Michigan game earlier this year put your name on the map for scouts?

Yawin Smallwood: No, I feel like scouts seen what I have done in my previous seasons but it gave viewers a chance to see me compete against one of the most successful college programs and they saw that I played at a high level.

AOB: Who has influenced you the most in your life?

Smallwood: My mother she showed me that you can have and do whatever you want in life if you remain focused and work hard.

AOB: What kind of NFL player do you see yourself becoming?

Smallwood: One of the great ones a lot of people say they wanna be great but aren’t willing to do the little things to become great I’m a competitive guy and love playing the game and can’t wait to work with my coaches and teammates.

AOB: What do you feel is your biggest college accomplishment?

Smallwood: Going to the fiesta bowl as a team. We turned our season around when no one believed in us but the guys in our locker room

AOB: What’s one of the biggest things you learned during your UCONN career, as either a player and/or person?

Smallwood: I’ve always been a guy who believed that you get what you put in. The guys who work and are consistent are the great ones.

Yawin ranked No. 4 on our NFL Draft inside linebacker position rankings back in February.


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