Photo of Jordan Zumwalt
Drafted By: Steelers

Combine Results

Grade
5.25 ?
  • 4.76 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.99 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.25 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"(At UCLA's pro day) Zumwalt ran the 40 in 4.74 and 4.79 seconds. He had a 4.68-second short shuttle and 7.26-second three-cone. (UCLA head coach) Jim Mora said that there is room on every team for players such as Zumwalt, who is a great competitor." -- Gil Brandt

  • 6'4" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 235LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands

Overview

Highly recruited inside linebacker who also played basketball as a California prep. Verballed to Stanford, but signed with UCLA. Played 11 games as a true freshman in 2010 -- injuries thrust him into the starting lineup at middle linebacker the final four games and he produced 32 tackles, three for loss and three sacks. Played all 13 games in '11, starting four (three at weakside linebacker, one at MLB), and notched 60-6-0 with a pass breakup and an interception. Playing in a 3-4 in '12 -- started 9-of-13 games (five at left inside linebacker, four at left outside linebacker) and totaled 71-8-2 with a pass breakup, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Did not play against Colorado after a scooter accident required stitches, leaving him unable to wear a helmet. Started all 13 games in '13 (12 at LILB, one at LOLB) and registered 93-5.5-0 with two interceptions and three forced fumbles. Did not bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine (left shoulder).

Analysis

Strengths

Very competitive with a fiery, on-field temperament. Explosive hitter. Throws his body around recklessly and times up the blitz well (disruptive presence). Is around the ball a lot. Very good football intelligence -- lines up teammates and makes adjustments. Versatile and has played all linebacker positions and contributed as a fullback in short-yardage situations. Defensive tone-setter -- has a love for the game and it shows. Plays big on big stages -- capped his career with co-MVP effort in the Sun Bowl vs. Virginia Tech, when he knocked Logan Thomas unconscious and returned an interception 43 yards.

Weaknesses

Does not play strong. Mechanical mover. Tight-hipped with average change of direction. Gets outflanked to the corner vs. speed. Average knockback body power -- does not strike with thump to drive back ball carriers. Catches too much. Struggles to disengage from blocks when he is locked up. Limited coverage range. Has small hands and a relatively short wingspan given his height.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

High-energy overachiever with a special-teams temperament. Stands out most for his competitiveness, effort, versatility and swagger. Brings the feisty type of attitude desired on a Jeff Fisher or Jim Schwartz defense. Will factor immediately on special teams and could work his way into a starting lineup.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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