Originally Posted by Dorkus Malorkus
Range for the usual overaggroish villain considering he folded would be smthn like AQ-AT or a mid-high pocket pair (77-QQ?).
What he said. Except that I find it unlikely that he'd fold QQ-99 here, I think he'd peel a card or maybe even call down, but hard to say without reads.
If you had smoothcalled preflop and then gone for a checkraise on the flop, it's possible you could have gotten one more bet out of him (presuming he'd call the CR and fold the turn lead) but it's also possible that he would just have checked his 99 and folded to a turn lead, in which case you'd have lost a bet because you didn't raise preflop.
Capping preflop and then checking, on the other hand, is awful. You've said "I have a top 10 hand", and checking on the flop reeks of slowplay. You have to bet and hope he has AK or KQ.