Josey Jewell

Iowa
ILB

Prospect Info

College
Iowa
Hometown
Class
Decorah, IA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
234 lbs
32”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.45
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Denver
Broncos
Round 4 ‧ Pick 6
40 Yard Dash
4.82
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.8
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.27
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.52
Seconds
 
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Jewell wasn't considered an elite recruit despite earning all-state honors (football and baseball) while growing up on a farm in Decorah, Iowa. The Hawkeyes ignored his average measurable to rip him away from Division III Luther College (located in Decorah). As a redshirt freshman, Jewell played in 11 games, starting the final four of the year (51 tackles, one for loss). He was the team's Most Valuable Player in the 2015 TaxSlayer.com Bowl with 14 tackles. Big Ten coaches and media voted him second-team all-conference in 2015, as he started every game at middle linebacker, leading Iowa with 126 tackles, 7.5 for loss. Jewell intercepted a pass in each of his last three games that year. In his junior year, Jewell was a finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker as well as the team's MVP and second-team All-Big Ten (team-high 124 tackles, six for loss, two sacks, nine pass break-ups), using his instincts and hustle to consistently find the ball in the run game and pass coverage. Jewell finished his career on a high note, being named first-team AP All-American and first-team All-Big Ten in his senior year (134 tackles, 13.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, 11 pass break-ups, one forced fumble).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
On the borderline from a size standpoint, Jewell already had his detractors who worried about whether he was big enough to handle inside duties. On top of that, he ran a painfully slow forty at both the Combine and his forty that will send him tumbling down the draft board. On the field, however, he is a highly instinctive linebacker who combines physicality with a relentless motor to find his way into play after play. Jewell's consistency and football character give him a shot at becoming a solid NFL backup despite his speed limitations.
Strengths
  • Eyes work fast
  • Initial play diagnose and trigger to the ball is immediate
  • Film junkie who recognizes blocking schemes and adjusts accordingly
  • Always flowing downhill looking to make plays near line of scrimmage
  • Quick recovery against play-action and misdirection
  • Plays ahead of work-up blocks
  • Flashes a decent burst to the ball and can close out runners if he's in the area
  • Pac-man tackler who owns a board full of high scores
  • Discipline, technique, and patience help him avoid missed and broken tackles
  • Launches compact build through target points and imposes force on ball-carrier
  • Well-schooled with hands in taking on blocks
  • Keeps pads square and leverages his gaps
  • Perceptive with a nose for screens
  • Reads quarterback and squeezes routes from zone
  • Has 24 passes defensed over the last three years
Weaknesses
  • Does not possesses desired NFL speed and lacks long limbs and loose frame
  • Lateral agility, change of direction and overall reactive athleticism is just average
  • Has some straight line speed but his short area foot quickness in mirroring play is nothing special
  • Gets lost behind defensive line when finding the football at times
  • Ducks head into initial take-on blocks
  • Can get engulfed by size and stuck on blocks
  • Will need to improve slipping blocks rather than taking them all on
  • Tight hips prevent fluid transitions in man coverage
  • Struggles to get early depth in his drops
  • Effort blitzer, but unlikely to win in that area on talent alone
Sources Tell Us

"I like him a lot. I think he will run faster than people think for sure. Give me a guy with his mindset and instincts and I can sell him to a coaching staff even if he's not as big as they are looking for. His tape will win them over." - AFC Director of Scouting

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GRADE
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