The Denver Broncos selected former Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.. He is a 6’1”, 235lb linebacker who is considered one of the more intriguing mid-round prospects in the draft. Jewell is ranked as the 4th best inside linebacker prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft according to NFLDraftScout.com and is considered the 93rd overall prospect in the entire draft.
Jewell played four seasons at Iowa and put up some impressive numbers during that span. During his four-year career at Iowa, Jewell totaled a whopping 433 tackles, 28 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, 6 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown, 26 pass deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles. This past season for Iowa, Jewell totaled 132 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 11 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble.
Josey Jewell LB is more than just a tackler though with 6 interceptions and 26 pass deflections in his career. Instincts and production is what Jewell is, he is not a height/weight/speed guy. pic.twitter.com/Cn3RILqMtC— John Chapman (@JL_Chapman) March 3, 2018
Jewell’s 2017 honors include the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player, Permanent Team Captain, Hayden Fry Award, Iron Hawk Award, 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy, recipient of 2017 Jack Lambert Award presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, unanimous Consensus First Team All-America, first team All-America by AFCA, Associated Press, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp, College Sports Madness, CollegeFootballNews.com, ESPN.com, SBNation.com, USA Today, and Phil Steele, named Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten Conference, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com, named Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year in the Big Ten Conference, Academic All-Big Ten for third year, first team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media, one of five finalists for Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and one of five players named to Senior CLASS Award first team.
Josey Jewell, Senior, Iowa
Height: 6’1” Weight: 235lbs 40 time: 4.82 seconds
Arm Length: 32” Hands: 10”
Bench Press: 18 reps Vertical Jump: 33 inches Broad Jump: 117.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 6.8 seconds 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.27 seconds
60-Yard Shuttle: 11.52 seconds
- A tackling machine in college
- Smaller but compact and powerful build
- Had over 120 tackles in each of the past three seasons
- Strong player despite being a tad under-sized
- Great football IQ and intelligent off the field(Academic All-Big Ten honors four years)
- Top notch instincts
- Good read and react skills
- Just has a nose for the ball
- Productive in coverage(6 career Ints and 26 career PD’s)
- High motor
- Strong hands and a consistent and powerful tackler
- Technically sound like most Iowa players
- Three-year team captain at Iowa
- Reliable and rarely left the field
- Not to be cliche but a blue collar, intelligent, high motor player who you can trust
- Lacks the athleticism you’re looking for in a “new-age linebacker”
- Stiff and lacks fluid movement skills
- Can get eaten up by interior offensive lineman
- I worry that his lack of athleticism will hurt him in coverage
- Might only be a two-down player
NFLDraftScout’s Dane Brugler’s overview of Josey Jewell from his draft guide
A three-year starter at Iowa, Jewell quickly established as a leader of the defense from his MIKE linebacker position, posting 120+ tackles each of the last three seasons as an every-down player for the Hawkeyes. He isn’t a quick-twitch, explosive athlete, but he is balanced in space with above average processing speed to diagnose and react in a flash.
The first three-time team captain in Iowa history, Jewell is an assignment sound veteran and has a lot of Sean Lee to his game with the intangibles and impact he brings to the football field. Although he won’t test off the charts athletically, Jewell has the competitive make-up and football instincts to play in the NFL for the next decade, projecting as a starter.
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What Jewell brings to the Broncos defense?
Jewell is a tackling machine who possesses top-notch football IQ and leadership skills that figure to go benefit him throughout his football career.
He will instantly come in and be a contributor on special teams and may even become the Special Teams captain as a rookie. He is that good.
Josey Jewell was an extremely productive player at LB for Iowa. He has a lot of great qualities as a person - a team captain for many years at Iowa and we're thrilled to get him at pick 106. pic.twitter.com/wsHtdVdUp3— John Elway (@johnelway) April 28, 2018
Todd Davis should be looking over his shoulder. He is a good run defender, don’t get me wrong, but Jewell can do it all. He has a nose for the ball and has a non-stop motor and despite his lack of athleticism, he is pretty damn good in coverage too.
I think we will see a lot of Josey Jewell going forward. Love this pick.