Josey Jewell is not going to wow you in any aspect of the game. What he will do is give you solid play, day in and day out. I think Jewell will have a long career as a special teams dynamo. At this stage, however, I don’t see him being selected before day three.
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301 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 15 PBU, 2 FF
Today we take a look at one of the top senior linebacker prospects. Josey Jewell arrived in Iowa City as a two-star prospect from Decorah HS in Iowa. His only other offer was from Northern Iowa. After redshirting his first year, Jewell started the last four games of the next season. He had a 14 tackle performance against Tennessee in the Hawkeye’s bowl game. Jewell has the 31 consecutive starts at middle linebacker.
2016: Iowa State, North Dakota State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Florida (bowl)
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Josey Jewell quickly diagnoses plays and attacks. He shows tremendous hustle in tracking down plays from the backside. Jewell is solid in mid-range coverage. He is a very productive player. He has recorded 13 career games with ten-plus tackles.
Jewell lacks top speed. I would guess he runs in the high 4.8-5 flat range in the forty. Jewell is not a thumper. He needs to do a better job of shedding blockers. Jewell offers little as a pass rusher.