For the last month I have been planning on doing a series of film reviews on all of the Falcons draft picks and sharing them as fanposts. Just before the draft I received an invitation to contribute to topsportsreport.com as an Atlanta Falcons writer and having zero experience to point to as a writer I jumped at the opportunity. My first big project for TSR is going to be my film reviews on the rookies and Dave has graciously allowed me to share these posts here. I appreciate all the great feedback I've gotten on my posts before and I'm excited to share my newest thoughts with everyone.
The focus of my first rookie profile is Connecticut inside linebacker Yawin Smallwood. If you read the minicamp reports coming out Flowery Branch you may have already heard the term "Swiss Army Knife" used to refer to Prince Shembo but I think this could just as easily apply to Yawin Smallwood. I'll save all my major points for the link below but I think he has all the tools needed to succeed, and succeed early, at either inside linebacker position in Nolan's hybrid 3-4 defense. I think he could even fill in on the edge in a pinch if needed.
So without further ado here's my article (complete with several film clips) highlighting both his strengths and weaknesses. Please chime in with your opinions and suggestions. I pulled these clips from videos off of draftbreakdown.com so don't hesistate to pull up the film yourself and point out any plays I may have missed!