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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: UConn ILB Yawin Smallwood

04.21.14 at 9:48 am ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Yawin Smallwood (AP)

Worcester native Yawin Smallwood recorded 118 tackles for UConn in 2013. (AP)

YAWIN SMALLWOOD

Position: Inside linebacker

School: UConn

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 246 pounds

Achievements: 2013 first-team All-ACC, 2012 first team All-Big East

What he brings: Smallwood produced while at UConn and showed off great athletic ability, especially with his speed. While he is undersized for an NFL inside linebacker, Smallwood could be used as a nickel or dime sub-package linebacker in coverage. Analysts note that his biggest drawback is his awareness during play action, as he can get caught out of position.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 5-6

Notes: The Worcester native had 118 tackles, four sacks, an interception and 9 1/2 tackles for loss in 2013. He had 332 career tackles. … Smallwood pulled his hamstring during the 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL combine, recording a time of 5.01 seconds.

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Video: Here are Smallwood’€™s highlights against Michigan in 2013.

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