Jordan Zumwalt, OLB

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 235 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.652.571.63- 339'8"4.326.99

Player Overview

A four-star linebacker recruit, Zumwalt originally committed to Stanford before switching his allegiance to UCLA late in the process. He saw immediate action as a true freshman in 2010 and was a rotational starter his first three seasons, playing both inside and outside.

Zumwalt enjoyed his best season as a senior in 2013 with 93 tackles, 5.5 for loss and a pair of interceptions, earning All-Pac 12 honorable mention honors. He plays fast, active and aggressive, but also stiff and is more of a straight-line athlete who struggles to easily redirect.

Zumwalt has an intense on-field demeanor and to describe him as "violent" would be an understatement. He also comes with durability concerns due to his physical play style.

He projects as a versatile reserve player who is able to wear several hats in various schemes, but will need to cut his teeth on special teams to keep a roster spot.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall with adequate arm length and growth potential. Room to continue to get stronger. Plays fast downhill with good first step quickness and instincts to help compensate for suspect change of direction skills and range.

High energy competitor and plays with an intense demeanor. Motor is always revving. Violent striker and hits through his target, looking to punish. Very physical and strong. Fights for body positioning with active hands and attacks the line of scrimmage with a head of steam.

Trusts what he sees and uses sharp angles and decisive movements. Versatile experience, dropping into coverage and blitzing. Thirty career starts, playing mostly an inside linebacker role in UCLA's 3-4 scheme.

WEAKNESSES: Lanky build and lacks ideal bulk for the position and needs to spend more time in the weight room. Average athleticism with body tightness, takes him a few moments to change directions. Needs to stay balanced in his drops and doesn't look comfortable in space. Needs to stay low on tackle attempts to be a more consistent finisher.

Overaggressive and will struggle to recover. Needs to improve his fundamentals to better shed at the point of attack and play controlled to square up his target. Needs to play smart and some of his hits will draw flags in the NFL. Durability questions from past injuries and also concern for his ability to hold up due to his fierce playing style.

--Dane Brugler (2/12/14)

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 6/192 -- Jordan Zumwalt, ILB, 6-4, 235, UCLA...Played inside and out in college; Steelers will put him inside, where it is suddenly crowded after him and first-round pick, Shazier. Vince Williams, sixth-rounder last year, started as a rookie inside. - The Sports Xchange


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