Recapping the Denver Broncos 2018 NFL Draft class
Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
When the Broncos drafted Josey Jewell, I had to re-compose myself a bit.
Jewell was a four-year starter for the Iowa Hawkeyes, a defensive captain, and most importantly for the Broncos — a defensive quarterback.
Jewell did not run a fast 40-yard dash, nor did he blow anyone away with his athleticism in drills at the Scouting Combine. He never blew anyone away with athleticism while at Iowa either, but Jewell wins in different ways, which we discussed at length in our post-draft podcast:
I’ve been clamoring for the Broncos to draft Jewell since the beginning of the college football season last September, and it actually happened.
Not only are the Broncos getting a tackling machine and a player who does a great job in coverage, they are getting someone who can be trusted to make sure everyone is in position defensively, who can be trusted to adjust coverage and react to the way offenses try to manipulate the Broncos’ defense.
Jewell is a team captain in the way he leads both on and off the field. I think he’s going to be a star in the NFL and would have felt that way no matter which of the 32 teams he landed on.