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Some scouts have called Smallwood's decision to leave Connecticut after his junior season a mistake, but few can argue with the productivity of his collegiate career. A 2013 Butkus Award semifinalist, Smallwood recorded 118 tackles as a junior, including 9 1/2 for a loss, and four sacks. He shined in UConn's near upset of Michigan, tallying 13 tackles - two for a loss - a sack and a forced fumble. Smallwood had 120 tackles as a sophomore in 2012 after totaling 94 in his first season as a starter in 2011. Though his leaner frame appears more fit for outside linebacker, it helps him excel in pass coverage, where he broke up nine passes in 2013 after combining for seven over his freshman and sophomore seasons. As productive as Smallwood was for the Huskies, he won't wow anyone in terms of raw athleticism or measurables. His 5.01-second 40-yard dash could be a red flag, though he reportedly dealt with a hamstring issue at the NFL combine. While his pass-coverage skills may come at a premium at the linebacker position against NFL offenses, his strength could be an issue in the box at the next level, especially considering he's not a dominating tackler. Smallwood likely won't make an immediate impact, but he has the tools to grow into a contributing role in a 4-3 scheme and could be off the board by the end of the third round.