Scouting Report: Josey Jewell, ILB, Iowa

By Kelby Goodman, Special Contributor To NFL Draft Bible | (Pic: College Football News)

#43 | Decorah, IA | 6006 | 235 | 4.72E | 2018

SCOUTING REPORT

The best word to describe his college career would have to be “productive.” He finished his Iowa career racking up 433 tackles, which ranks 19th all-time in NCAA history. While he’ll never be the flashiest player on the field, his dedication to doing his homework is evident, as he seems to be in the vicinity of the ball on every snap. His instincts and ability to read an offense will partially offset his foot speed in the NFL, as he almost always finds himself in the right spot. Not only was he all over the field racking up tackles but he also showed adequate ability in coverage. When dropping into zone he was quick to notice when a receiver crossed his face and was able to keep in good position more times than not. The biggest concern in coverage will be when he is tasked with covering a shiftier back in the flat. Against Penn State there were a few times where Saquon Barkley left him grasping for air. Granted Barkley is more the exception than the rule when it comes to a back eluding tacklers. He was most productive when his pre-snap reads allowed him to find the opening in the offensive line to shoot a gap. If he did get locked up with a blocker, he’d have a tendency to get driven downfield. There were a few games where even the tight end was able to lock him up and he couldn’t disengage until a few yards down the field. This is a big reason why despite the impressive tackle count, his tackles for losses didn’t hit double digits until his senior year. To his benefit, when rushing the quarterback, if he did get stoned at the line he would get his hands up. This skill is what contributed largely to his 20 passes defended over his final two seasons. His measureables may prevent him from being a top 100 overall selection but it wouldn’t be surprising if he outperformed some of the inside backers that are chosen ahead of him.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Hawk-Items – – Led Big Ten in tackles (136) and ranked fourth nationally in tackles per game (11.3) . . . 136 tackles ties for 12th-best single season total at Iowa . . . 126 tackles in 2015 ties as 22nd-best single season total at Iowa . . . 124 tackles in 2016 tied as 27th-best single season total at Iowa . . .one of three Hawkeye players ever to record over 115 tackles in three different seasons . . . 22 career games with 10 or more tackles, including nine games in 2017 . . . ranked second in the Big Ten in tackles in 2016 with 124 after leading the Big Ten in 2015 . . . started 37 consecutive games over the last four seasons before missing game at Northwestern due to injury . . . ranks fourth in career tackles with 437 . . . one of five seniors named to Leadership Group . . . one of seven juniors named to 2016 Leadership Group . . . only sophomore named to 2015 Leadership Group . . . one of two redshirt freshmen named to 2014 Leadership Group . . . only sophomore under Kirk Ferentz to be named permanent team captain.

2017 Honors – – Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player, defense . . . Permanent Team Captain, defense . . . Hayden Fry Award, defense . . . 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 . . . one of five players named to Senior CLASS Award first team . . . semifinalist for the Butkus Award and Bednarik Award . . .  Lott IMPACT Trophy national Player of the Week vs. Purdue . . . named midseason first team All-American by ESPN.com, Associated Press, Sporting News, CBSSports.com and the All-American . . . Bronko Nagurski and Bednarik Award national Defensive Player of the Week vs. Penn State . . . named Big Ten Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week vs. Penn State . . . named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week vs. Penn State by College Sports Madness . . . named Walter Camp, Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy national Defensive Player of the Week vs. Wyoming . . . Big Ten Conference and College Sports Madness defensive Player of the Week vs. Wyoming . . . named Big Ten Conference preseason Players to Watch List . . . named to Lott IMPACT Trophy preseason Watch List . . . named to Bednarik Award preseason Watch List . . . named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason Watch List . . . preseason first team All-America by Athlon Sports . . . preseason first team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and College Sports Madness . . . 2017 – – Started at middle linebacker in 12 games, missing one game due to injury . . . recorded 136 tackles, including 69 solo stops and 67 assists, with 13.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks . . . collected two interceptions, 11 pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble . . . started at middle linebacker in 24-3 win over Wyoming as defense allowed just 233 yards total offense . . . led team with 14 tackles vs. Wyoming, including seven solo stops and seven assists . . . also had 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. along with one pass break-up and one QB pressure . . . started at middle linebacker in 44-41 OT win at Iowa State . . . recorded seven tackles at Iowa State, including three solo stops and four assists, along with one pass break-up . . . started at middle linebacker in 31-14 win over North Texas . . . seven tackles vs. North Texas, including four solo stops and three assists . . . started at middle linebacker in 21-19 loss to #4 Penn State . . . matched career-best with 16 tackles vs. Penn State, including 11 solo tackles and five assists . . . also had career-best three tackles for loss and two pass break-ups . . . first interception of the season and 33-yard return led to first Iowa touchdown, and he later added a fumble recovery . . . started at middle linebacker in 17-10 loss at Michigan State . . . matched career-high for second straight week with 16 tackles at MSU, including six solo stops and 10 assists . . . also had three tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble . . . started at middle linebacker in 45-16 win over Illinois . . . 10 tackles vs. illinois, with five solo stops and five assists, including one tackle for loss and two pass break-ups . . . did not see action in 17-10 OT loss at Northwestern due to injury . . . started at middle linebacker in 17-10 win over Minnesota as defense allowed just 281 yards total offense . . . 11 tackles vs. Minnesota, including six solo stops and five assists, along with two QB pressures . . . started at middle linebacker in 55-24 win over #3 Ohio State . . . 11 tackles vs. Ohio State, including five solo stops and six assists, along with one pass break-up in the end zone . . . started at middle linebacker in 38-14 loss at #6 Wisconsin . . . led team with 12 tackles at Wisconsin, including seven solo stops and five assists . . . started at middle linebacker in 24-15 loss to Purdue . . . led team with 13 tackles vs. Purdue, including five solo stops and eight assists . . . also recorded three tackles for loss, two sacks and three pass break-ups . . . started at middle linebacker in 56-14 win at Nebraska as defense allowed 67 rushing yards and just 267 yards total offense . . . led team with eight tackles at Nebraska, including five solo stops and three assists . . . also had second pass interception of the season, three pass break-ups and one tackle for loss . . . started at middle linebacker in 27-20 Pinstirpe Bowl win over Boston College as defense allowed just 21 net rushing yards and 102 yards total offfense in the second half . . . 11 tackles vs. Boston College, including five solo stops and six assists.

2016 Honors – – Fourth team All-America by Phil Steele, SB Nation and Athlon Sports . . . one of five finalists for Butkus Award . . . Permanent Team Captain, defense. . . Most Valuable Player, defense . . . Hayden Fry Award, defense . . . Iron Hawk Award . . . Players’ Choice Award, defense . . . Academic All-Big Ten (third year) . . . second team All-Big Ten by Associated Press, Big Ten coaches and media, Athlon Sports, and Phil Steele . . . 2016 Preseason Honors – – Named to preseason Watch List for Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, and Rotary Lombardi Award . . . preseason third team All-America by Athlon Sports . . . preseason second team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports . . . preseason third team All-Big Ten by College Sports Madness . . . 2016 – – Started all 13 games at middle linebacker . . . led team with 124 tackles, including 58 solo stops and 66 assists . . . also had six tackles for loss, two sacks, nine pass break-ups, five QB pressures, one forced fumble and one blocked field gal . . . started at middle linebacker in 45-21 win over Miami, recording one assisted tackle before leaving the game in the first quarter . . . started at middle linebacker in 42-3 win over Iowa State as defense allowed just 291 yards total offense . . . led team with five solo tackles and four assists vs. ISU, including one tackle for loss and one QB pressure . . . started at middle linebacker in 23-21 loss to North Dakota State . . . recorded 11 tackles vs. NDSU, including three solo stops and eight assists, along with one pass break-up and one QB pressure . . . started at middle linebacker in 14-7 win at Rutgers as defense allowed just one touchdown . . . recorded 12 tackles at Rutgers, including eight solo stops and four assists, a shared tackle for loss and one QB pressure . . . started at middle linebacker in 38-31 loss to Northwestern . . . career-best 16 tackles vs. Northwestern, including six solo stops and 10 assists, 1.5 tackles for loss, a shared sack and one pass break-up . . . started at middle linebacker in 14-7 win at Minnesota at defense allowed just 102 net rushing yards and 268 yards total offense . . . recorded three solo tackles and two assists at Minnesota, with one tackle for loss and one pass break-up . . . started at middle linebacker in 49-35 win at Purdue, recording four solo tackles and three assists as defense allowed just 47 net rushing yards . . . started at middle linebacker in 17-9 loss to #10 Wisconsin . . . matched career-high with 16 tackles vs. Wisconsin, including six solo stops and 10 assists . . . forced fumble at the goalline to stop a Wisconsin scoring threat, while recording one pass break-up and one QB pressure . . . started  at middle linebacker in 41-14 loss at #12 Penn State . . . recorded 10 tackles at PSU, including five solo tackles and five assists . . . also had a shared tackle for loss, the first blocked field goal of his career and one pass break-up . . . started at middle linebacker in 14-13 win over #2 Michigan as defense allowed just 201 yards total offense . . . recorded eight tackles vs. Michigan, including four solo stops and four assists . . . also had a shared tackle for loss . . . started at middle linebacker in 28-0 win at Illinois as defense allowed just 61 net rushing yards and 198 yards total offense . . . 10 tackles at Illinois, including three solo stops and seven assists, along with one shared tackle for loss . . . started at middle linebacker in 40-10 win over #15 Nebraska, as defense allowed just 90 net rushing yards and 217 yards total offense . . . recorded nine tackles vs. Nebraska, including three solo stops and six assists, along with career-best three pass break-ups and one QB pressure . . . started at middle linebacker in 30-3 Outback loss to #17 Florida . . . led team with 10 tackles vs. Florida, including eight solo stops . . . also had one sack and one pass brea-up.

2015 Honors – – Permanent Team Captain, defense . . . “Extra Heartbeat” Award, defense . . . Players Choice Award, defense . . . Team Hustle Award, defense . . . Academic All-Big Ten . . . second team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media, Associated Press and Phil Steele . . . 2015 – – Started all 14 games at middle linebacker . . . led team with 126 tackles, ranked second with four interceptions and tied for second with 7.5 tackles for loss . . . started at middle linebacker in 31-14 win over Illinois State as defense allowed 35 net rushing yards and 231 yards total offense . . . recorded one solo tackle and four assists vs. Illinois State, including one shared tackle for loss . . . started at middle linebacker in 31-17 win at Iowa State as defense allowed no points and just 66 yards total offense in the second half . . . recorded seven tackles at ISU, including four solo stops and three assists . . . started at middle linebacker in 27-24 win over Pitt as defense allowed just 55 net rushing yards and 282 yards total offense . . . recorded seven tackles vs. Pitt, including four solo stops and three assists . . . started at middle linebacker in 62-16 win over North Texas . . . recorded nine tackles vs. North Texas, including four solo stops and five assists . . . collected first career interception vs. North Texas, returning the theft for a 34-yard touchdown . . . started at middle linebacker in 10-6 win at Wisconsin as defense allowed no touchdowns and just 320 yards total offense . . . recorded 10 tackles at Wisconsin, including three solo stops and seven assists, along with a shared tackle for loss . . . started at middle linebacker in 29-20 win over Illinois as defense allowed just 46 net rushing yards . . . recorded 12 tackles vs. Illinois, including five solo stops and seven assists, a shared tackle for loss and a pass break-up . . . recovered fourth quarter fumble that led to Iowa’s final points of the game . . . started at middle linebacker in 40-10 win at Northwestern as defense allowed just 51 net rushing yards and 198 yards total offense . . . recorded six tackles at Northwestern, including four solo stops and two assists . . . collected 2.5 tackles for loss, including two QB sacks, while also forcing a fumble that was recovered by Iowa . . . started at middle linebacker in 31-15 win over Maryland . . . recorded four solo tackles and two assists vs. Maryland, along with one pass break-up . . . started at middle linebacker in 35-27 win at Indiana . . . career-best 15 tackles at Indiana, including 11 solo stops and four assists . . . added one tackle for loss and two pass break-ups . . . started at middle linebacker in 40-35 win over Minnesota . . . recorded 13 tackles vs. Minnesota, including five solo stops and career-best eight assists, with one QB sack and one pass break-up . . . started at middle linebacker in 40-20 win over Purdue . . . started at middle linebacker in 40-20 win over Purdue . . . recorded five solo tackles and seven assists vs. Purdue, with a shared tackle for loss and one pass break-up . . . started at middle linebacker in 28-20 win at Nebraska . . . recorded four solo stops and five assists at Nebraska, with one tackle for loss . . . recorded second interception of the season in the fourth quarter, with a 25-yard return . . . started at middle linebacker in 16-13 loss to Michigan State . . . recorded eight tackles vs. MSU, including four solo stops and four assists . . . also had third interception of the season, leading to an Iowa field goal, and two QB pressures . . . started at middle linebacker in 45-16 Rose Bowl loss to Stanford . . . recorded seven tackles vs. Stanford, including four solo tackles and three assists . . . recorded interception in the endzone to stop a Stanford scoring threat, his third interception in as many games.

2014 Honors – – Iowa Most Valuable Player in 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl . . . named to BTN’s All-Big Ten post-season team after recording 14 tackles in bowl game . . . Academic All-Big Ten . . . 2014 – – Saw action in 11 games, starting the last four games of the season . . . missed opening two games of the season due to injury . . . recorded 51 tackles, including 22 solo stops and 29 assists, with one tackle for loss . . . saw first action of career in 20-17 loss to Iowa State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 24-20 win at Pittsburgh, recording two assisted tackles as defense allowed just three points in the second half . . . saw action in 24-10 win at Purdue as defense allowed just 156 yards total offense . . . recorded one solo stop and one assist at Purdue, including one QB sack for minus 11 yards . . . saw action in 45-29 win over Indiana, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 38-31 loss at Maryland, recording two assisted tackles . . . saw action in 48-7 win over Northwestern as defense allowed just 180 yards total offense . . . recorded career-best six tackles vs. Northwestern, including three solo stops and three assists . . . saw action in loss at Minnesota . . . recorded career-high nine tackles at Minnesota, including four solo tackles and five assists . . . earned first career start at weakside linebacker in 30-14 win at Illinois as defense allowed just 88 net rushing yards and 235 yards total offense . . . recorded five tackles at Illinois, including three solo tackles and two assists . . . started at weakside linebacker in 26-24 loss to No. 14 Wisconsin, recording three assisted tackles . . . started at weakside linebacker in 37-34 overtime loss to Nebraska . . . recorded seven tackles vs. Nebraska, including four solo tackles and three assists . . . started at weakside linebacker in TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Tennessee . . . collected career-high 14 tackles vs. Tennessee, including seven solo tackles and seven assists.

2013 Honors – – Team Leader Award, Defense . . . 2013 – – Redshirted.

High school honors – – Named to Des Moines Register Elite all-state first team and first team all-state by Iowa Newspaper Association as a senior . . . first team all-state as a junior . . . named as all-area Player of the Year by Cedar Rapids Gazette/KCRG-TV as a senior . . . first team all-district as a junior and senior . . . second team all-district as a sophomore . . . Career – – Three-year letterman as linebacker and running back . . . helped prep team post 34-6 record in three seasons . . . team reached state playoffs as a sophomore, was state runner-up as a junior and won state title with perfect 14-0 record as a senior . . . recorded 62 solo tackles and 38 assists as a senior, with one interception and two recovered fumbles . . . 86 solo tackles and 58 assists as a junior, with one interception and one fumble recovery . . . 42 solo stops and 24 assists as a sophomore, with one interception . . . career totals include 190 solo tackles and 120 assists . . . as a senior rushed 166 times for 1,314 yards and 21 touchdowns, along with 11 receptions for 91 yards and 15 punt returns for 250 yards and a touchdown . . . 150 rushing attempts for 1,475 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, with six receptions for 43 yards and one touchdown . . . gained 451 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns on 96 carries as a sophomore . . . football team captain as a senior . . . also competed in basketball, baseball and track throughout prep career . . . all-conference and all-district in discus as sophomore and junior . . . placed 18th in discus at state championships as a junior . . . all-conference in shuttle hurdle relay as a junior, placing 12th at state meet . . . first team all-conference and third team all-state in baseball as a junior as prep team finished as state runner-up.

Personal – – Born 12/25/94 . . . environmental studies/business major . . . parents are Paula and Bobby Jewell . . . member of National Honor Society . . . earned academic all-district recognition as a junior and senior . . . high school coach was Bill Post.

CAREER STATS

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