The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offseason has begun. The focus on the draft here at Still Curtain is full speed ahead and with that, I bring you the Film Room series covering a new prospect at a position of need for the Steelers every time.
The draft coverage is in full effect and it continues with another linebacker. When you want a solid linebacker in the draft, what better conference to look at than the hard-nosed Big Ten?
The Iowa Hawkeyes seem to always have that one linebacker on their team that really stands out. Christian Kirksey, Chad Greenway and Anthony Hitchens come to mind as Iowa standouts now having success in the league.
Josey Jewell could be the next big name to come out of Iowa into the NFL. Jewell is a tough and instinctual linebacker who maximizes his skills to produce well this far in his football career.
Jewell was a monster in his college days racking up a whopping 433 tackles in four years, three as a full-time starter. He posted 120-plus tackles in all three years he started and lead the defense.
To say he is a tackle machine would be an understatement. His ability to find the football and bring down whoever has it is among his best attributes.
Name: Josey Jewel
Height: 6 ft. 2 in. Weight: 236 pounds
Iowa vs Ohio State – 9 total tackles
Penn State vs Iowa – 16 total tackles, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 2 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovery
Michigan State vs Iowa – 16 total tackles, 3 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Nebraska vs Iowa – 8 total tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 3 passes defensed