Denver Broncos hosted Josey Jewell for pre-draft visit

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 2: Linebacker Josey Jewell
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 2: Linebacker Josey Jewell /

The Denver Broncos hosted Iowa Hawkeyes linebacker Josey Jewell for a pre-draft visit, making him their 13th official top 30 visit…

The Denver Broncos reportedly hosted former Iowa Hawkeyes linebacker Josey Jewell for one of their top 30 pre-draft player visits.

According to my very unofficial tally, Jewell will be the fourth off-ball linebacker to visit Denver, and the 13th player in general to have a scheduled visit at the Broncos’ facility.

If you’ve been reading Predominantly Orange for any length of time, you are undoubtedly very educated on Jewell as a player. He’s been included in a great deal of my Denver Broncos mock drafts, dating back to my very first 2018 mock draft for the team.

Side note: It’s crazy how much can change in just five months, isn’t it?

At any rate, that projection of Jewell with the Broncos’ second third round pick would be a great value.

Jewell is easily one of my favorite players in this year’s draft class, and I’m happy to tell you why. In addition to starting for four years with the Iowa Hawkeyes, Jewell proved he’s a versatile threat at the linebacker position.

Sure, he struggled to keep up with Saquon Barkley in space, but who didn’t?

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Over the past four seasons, Jewell has racked up a massive 433 tackles, including a season-high of 132 this past season. He also set a career mark with 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and 11 pass breakups.

To sum up Jewell’s four years at Iowa, he was making plays all over the field, constantly around the football.

One of the most reliable players for Iowa’s defense, Jewell was a starter as a true freshman back in 2014, and became a team leader from that point forward.

For the Broncos Jewell would be an ideal inside linebacker candidate. If the Broncos could get him in the third or fourth round, that would be even better. We’ll do some more in-depth scouting on Jewell as the draft gets closer, but it’s good to know the Broncos are seriously considering this player.

He is one of the most instinctive linebackers in a loaded draft class at that position, and I think overall, he has some of the best tape of anyone.

This guy would be a phenomenal pick for the Broncos.