Top 10 Dolphins Draft Prospects
By Brian Miller
Sep 21, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies linebacker Yawin Smallwood (33) forces the fumble as he sacks Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) in the second half at Rentschler Field. Gardner recovered the ball. Michigan Wolverines defeated the Connecticut Huskies 24-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
5: LB Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
The Dolphins need LB help there is no question about that and was we noted earlier, the rumors of moving Koa Misi to the inside may not happen with his apparent desire not to move. Smallwood has played both outside and inside and is projected to be a middle linebacker. He is quick into coverage and handles running back coverage easily. Smallwood would not be asked to start right away but could see plenty of situational play throughout the season.
Lacking the instincts to move off blocker hand to hand, Smallwood has shown he is quick enough to side step oncoming lineman and quickly attack the runner. However, he is slower to the outside and doesn’t possess an NFL level ability to tackle…yet. Smallwood however has shown that he can play as an above talent linebacker. He has a great attitude and is very coachable. The Dolphins may look to help their LB’ers in rounds four or five where Smallwood is projected.