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Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell won the 60-yard shuttle and placed second in the 3-cone drill at the NFL combine.

What Iowa LB Josey Jewell’s NFL combine workout numbers really mean

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What do Iowa LB Josey Jewell’s NFL combine workout numbers really mean?

ANSWER: People who evaluate football players for a living know what they’re getting with Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell. He’s instinctive, tough, durable, physical and tenacious.

Jewell (6-foot-1, 234 pounds) was the only three-year captain in Iowa history and was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year. He also was named a unanimous first-team All-American. At the NFL combine, Jewell ran what most consider a slow time in the 40-yard dash in 4.83 seconds. While it is slower than many inside linebackers, Jewell’s time is about the same as Manti Te’o (4.82 seconds) and faster than Vontaze Burfict (5.0) and Brandon Spikes (5.05).

But Jewell rarely will sprint 40 yards except after a big play by his team or the opponent. Where he will compete is within the tackle box. That’s where the 3-cone drill and different shuttle drills matter in the most. In the 3-cone drill, Jewell finished in 6.8 seconds, which was second among all linebackers. In fact, according to, Jewell’s time was the ninth fastest for all linebackers since 1987.

Jewell won the 60-yard shuttle drill in 11.52 seconds, which is tied for the fifth fastest in the last five years. As for the 20-yard shuttle, Jewell was eighth among linebackers in 4.27 seconds. He also placed 13th in the vertical jump.

In the drills that really matter for Jewell, he met or exceeded expectations. He might not have the preferred straight-ahead speed, but he has the desired amount of short area quickness. Then when team officials turn on Jewell’s video, they won’t care one iota about Jewell’s 40 time.

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