Jack Campbell
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Campbell at the 2023 NFL Combine
No. 46 – Detroit Lions
Personal information
Born: (2000-08-22) August 22, 2000 (age 22)
Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Cedar Falls
College:Iowa (2019–2022)
NFL Draft:2023 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jack Campbell (born August 22, 2000) is an American football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Iowa and was selected by the Lions in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

High school career

Campbell attended Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa. As a senior, he led Cedar Falls to a 4A State Championship in basketball in 2018. During his football career he had a school record 338 career tackles. He committed to the University of Iowa to play college football.[1]

College career

As a true freshman at Iowa in 2019, Campbell played in 11 games and had five tackles.[2] As a sophomore in 2020, he had played in five games and had 29 tackles, one sack and one interception.[3][4][5] He returned as a starter his junior year in 2021, recording 140 tackles, two interceptions, a sack and a touchdown.[6][7][8] After the 2021 season, Campbell was named first-team all Big Ten, leading one of the best defenses in the country.

Campbell returned to Iowa in 2022, and was named the preseason Big Ten defensive player of the year by Big Ten media. Campbell led the elite Iowa defense in 2022 to a nationwide best in yards per play average and top five in total defense and defensive efficiency.[9][10] Campbell finished the regular season with 118 tackles, ranking second in the Big Ten and tied for 13th nationally, adding two interceptions, one recovered fumble and one forced fumble. Against Minnesota, Campbell's forced fumble and long interception return, both in the fourth quarter, enabled Iowa's victory despite being outgained and unpossessed.[11]

Following the season, Campbell was given the 2022 Butkus Award as the top linebacker in college football as well as the William V. Campbell Trophy as a scholar-athlete.[12][13] He was also named the Big Ten's Nagurski–Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and Butkus–Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year.[14]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 4+58 in
(1.95 m)
249 lb
(113 kg)
31+78 in
(0.81 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
4.65 s 1.59 s 2.67 s 4.24 s 6.74 s 37.5 in
(0.95 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
All values from the NFL Combine[15][16]

Campbell was selected with the 18th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.[17][18]


  1. ^ Bain, Matthew (March 31, 2018). "Highly touted in-state LB Jack Campbell commits to the Iowa Hawkeyes". Hawk Central. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  2. ^ Emmert, Matt (October 14, 2020). "Meet Jack Campbell, a large linebacker with a large opportunity on Iowa football team". Hawk Central. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  3. ^ Dochterman, Scott (July 15, 2021). "After a strong 2020 finish, 'badass' Jack Campbell is poised to break through in a big way this fall". The Athletic. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  4. ^ Batterson, Steve (2021-07-22). "Cedar Falls' Jack Campbell ready for bigger role with Hawkeyes in 2021". WCFCourier.com. Retrieved 2023-05-20.
  5. ^ Smith III, Kennington Lloyd (July 16, 2021). "Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell is healthy. Is he the next breakout star for the Hawkeyes?". Hawk Central. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  6. ^ "Self-made LB Jack Campbell reaches new heights with Hawkeyes". Times-Republican. September 30, 2021. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  7. ^ Steppe, John (December 3, 2021). "Jack Campbell and his 'nose for the ball' add tenacity to Hawkeyes' defense". The Gazette. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  8. ^ "Hawkeyes' Campbell in the middle of it all".
  9. ^ "2022 COLLEGE FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE FEI RATINGS | Football Outsiders". www.footballoutsiders.com. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  10. ^ "NCAA College Football FBS current team Stats | NCAA.com". www.ncaa.com. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  11. ^ Dochterman, Scott. "Dochterman: Iowa's Jack Campbell sparks Hawkeyes over Minnesota". The Athletic. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  12. ^ "Iowa Football: Jack Campbell wins 2022 Butkus Award". HawkeyeInsider.com. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  13. ^ "Jack Campbell Receives William V. Campbell Trophy". hawkeyesports.com. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
  14. ^ Keppen, Jacob. "Every All-Big Ten honoree or Award winner for the Iowa Hawkeyes". Hawkeyes Wire. USA Today. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  15. ^ "Jack Campbell Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 18, 2023.
  16. ^ "2023 NFL Draft Scout Jack Campbell College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved April 18, 2023.
  17. ^ "Detroit Lions select Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell as the No. 18 NFL Draft pick". weareiowa.com. April 27, 2023. Retrieved 2023-04-28.
  18. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 27, 2023). "Lions draft linebacker Jack Campbell". DetroitLions.com.