NFL draft: Denver Broncos snag Iowa's Josey Jewell in fourth round

Chad Leistikow
Hawk Central

He barely got a Division I scholarship. Now, Iowa's own Josey Jewell is headed to the NFL.

The Denver Broncos selected Jewell in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday, plucking the ultra-productive linebacker with the No. 106 overall pick.

"That is a GOOD football player," NFL Network's Mike Mayock said immediately after the pick was made. "... I think they got somebody they can plug and play on special teams and linebacker on Day 1."

Iowa's Josey Jewell tackles Penn State's Saquon Barkley during their game at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

One of the most tenacious and revered linebackers in Iowa history, Jewell remains the only player of the 20-year Kirk Ferentz era to be a three-time captain.

A lightly recruited prospect out of Decorah, Iowa, Jewell changed his plan of going to Division III Luther College to Iowa after an 11th-hour scholarship offer in early 2013.

Jewell turned that offer into pure production at Iowa. The 6-foot-1, 234-pounder ranks fourth in Hawkeye history in tackles and as a senior was a consensus all-American and the Big Ten Conference defensive player of the year.