Yawin Smallwood Scouting Report


Yawin Smallwood


Large with good length. Shows the ability to be violent with his hands and shed blocks inside. Read and react player who remains patient and makes the play. Does a good job of reading the quarterbacks eyes in coverage and gets his hands up to disrupt passing lanes.


Linear athlete who lacks sideline-to-sideline range. Lacks the physicality you want to see in a linebacker. Pursuit needs to be better. Doesn’t have the athleticism to excel in coverage at the next level. Misses too many tackles and will struggle with quicker ball-carriers in space in the NFL. Too often is tackling from a chasing position and doesn’t drive through the ball-carrier. Will take false steps and lacks the athleticism to recover. Lacks burst to be a true threat as a blitzer. Limited player who doesn’t offer a lot of upside.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Athleticism: 2.0
Instincts: 2.5
Point of Attack: 3.0
Coverage: 2.0
Pass Rush: 1.5
Tackling: 2.0
Intangibles: 2.0

Verdict: Hate him

Smallwood is limited athletically but I am bothered by the lack of physicality to his game. He doesn’t relish contact like other linebackers and he’s more content to let players come to him. He’s also not a hustle player and he’ll let up before the play is over. Scheme wise he’s probably a 3-4 ILB but I don’t see the upside of ever becoming a quality starter in the NFL.

Grade: 5th Round


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