NAME: Noah Sewell
HOMETOWN: Malaeimi, ASM
HIGH SCHOOL: Orem (UT)
- 2020 (7 games): 48 total tackles, 6.5 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
- 2021 (14 games): 114 total tackles, 8.5 for loss, 4 sacks, 5 passes defensed, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles.
- 2022 (12 games): 56 total tackles, 5.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery.
Noah Sewell is a former 5 star prospect and the younger brother of Lions OT Penei Sewell. The 3-year starter out of Oregon displays an impressive motor and plays with a high level of physicality in the run game, which reminded me a lot of his older brother. However, the rest of Sewell’s game is rather average and leads me to believe he could potentially struggle transitioning to the league. Tackling needs refinement, has no problem arriving with strength but needs to be more consistent wrapping up. He has okay speed with good acceleration but is not fast and won’t be a sideline to sideline player. He’s disciplined in the run game but struggles with shedding blocks when reached. He shows a willingness to take on blockers but often lacks a plan and sets himself up to be easily blocked, showing up quite often when he is asked to blitz. He lacks elite strength and has the tendency to get washed out. Not the fastest processor but does show flashes of the ability to quickly dissect in the run game. Oregon did play him in various spots on the defense such as EDGE. He didn’t show enough on film to make me believe that’s something to expect at the next level. Understands coverage assignments, but isn’t asked to do much. Pass coverage is by far the biggest hole in Sewell’s game and the main reason I have a day 3 grade for him. Very stiff in coverage and lacks ball skills; he’ll be a liability at the next level. His best fit would be in a base 4-3 defense in a rotational role. There are a few LB needy teams this year but none should overdraft Sewell, who will struggle to see the field on coverage downs.
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