Noah Sewell 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Little brother to Penei Sewell (Lions) and Nephi Sewell (Saints)
- Recruited as a running back as well as a linebacker. Rushed for more than 2,300 yards in high school career.
- Butkus Award Semi-Finalist
- Scheme tendencies: Hybrid Defense. Odd and even front principles with odd front being more prevalent.
- 2022 projected role: Inside linebacker in an even or odd front scheme
Pros: Noah Sewell is an exciting linebacker prospect and projects to join his older brother Penei Sewell as the next Sewell brother to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL draft. Sewell possesses outstanding size for the linebacker position and is well built with a muscular upper half and thick lower body. He is a very good athlete with excellent closing burst and good overall speed and change of direction. In the run game, Sewell displays excellent eyes and instincts and an ability to trigger downhill in a hurry. He has rare take-on ability and can displace ensuing blockers with ease as his hands are so powerful. He is a good overall tackler. In the passing game, Sewell shows above-average instincts in zone coverage and has the athleticism to match in man versus tight ends and running backs. He is an outstanding blitzer and has excellent snap anticipation and the ability to finish. This is a big-play linebacker who is the heart and soul of Oregon’s defense.
Cons: Noah Sewell possesses good short-area burst and straight-line speed but he doesn’t have a true top-end gear to beat quicker running backs to the corner. His range is good but he is best coming downhill and being an enforcer in the box. He plays too out of control at times and will lose gap integrity as he attempts to make plays. Occasionally, there will be times when he overruns his pursuit and allows for cut-back lanes. In man coverage, he can be too physical throughout the route, resulting in penalties against the defense. Sewell needs to clean up his technique in man—he has the athleticism to succeed but puts himself in compromising situations.
Noah Sewell NFL Draft Scouting Report by Brentley Weissman