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Noah Sewell

Noah Sewell (LB) / University of Oregon / redshirt Sophomore

6’1”, 246 Lbs. (Official)

2021 Stats: 14 games, 114 tackles combined, 61 assisted, 53 solo, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 INT, 5 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles

2022 Stats:  12 games, 56 tackles combined, 32 assisted, 24 solo, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery

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Awards:

  • Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (2020)
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2021)
  • Second-team All-Pac-12 (2022)

Measurables: Arm – 31-5/8″, Hand – 10″, Vertical – 33”, Broad – 907, 40-yard – 4.64, 10-yard split – 1.57, 3-Cone – 7.28, Bench – 27 reps at 225 lbs, RAS: 8.31

Games Watched: [Nino] @ Washington St. (2022), @ UCLA (2022). [Coach] 2022 Vs. Washington St., 2022 Vs. Georgia

PRO’S 

[Nino] Noah Sewell (younger brother of Detroit Lions OT Penei Sewell) has an extremely high motor and stamina to keep pace of play all game.  He has a tight spin move and good hand movement that helps him win as an EDGE.  Sewell also has a powerful upper body & strong hands to man handle blockers.  Sewell’s 20 mph speed and long arms allows him to close fast and wrap up defenders!  He fits the mold of a classic 4-3 LB (Mike) but is athletic enough to chase & tackle.  He is great with beating blockers to the spot by taking the best angle.  Sewell’s nose for the ball and great awareness of the passing lane allows him to get a hand on a lot of passes (13:06 left in 1st qtr vs WSU, Sewell beats EDGE to the QB nearly gets hand on ball ahead of the screen pass) (4:29 left in 1st qtr vs UCLA, Sewell gets up and hand high in the passing lane leads to a pass breakup in the endzone).  He is very vocal and recognizes the offensive play well (12 mins left in 2nd qtr vs UCLA, Sewell recognizes the slot WR signaling to the DB).

[Coach] Sewell is one of the few LBs in this class that has ideal size, he pairs that size with a very strong 1.56 10 yard split, power and burst. Sewell has solid coverage instincts which makes up for his lateral agility, when he sees the play clearly, Noah does a good job of getting to his drops quickly and disrupting possible passing lanes. Good hands when pass rushing, does a good job of avoiding blocks quickly and keeping his pass rush fluid. Attack linebacker, he is at his best as a run defender when he is coming downhill. Creates leverage and utilizes his strength well at the point of attack when facing blocks head-on.

CON’S

[Nino] Sewell is a rocket and gets downhill quickly but his aggressiveness tends to lead to over pursuit of the ball carrier and missed tackles (12:38 left in 2nd vs WSU, Cam Ward rolls out to the right side, Sewell notices and attacks, forcing Ward back inside, but overpursuits and Cam Ward slips the arm tackle) (1:24 left in 2nd qtr vs WSU, Sewell over pursuit of #12 Ferrel and has to arm tackle, would have been negative play but ends up as a 2 yd gain) His aggressiveness is noticeable in cutback/counter runs.  Sewell also has great strength but NEEDS to finish more efficiently.  He leaves his feet too often, having to drag tacklers down instead of driving to the ground.

[Coach] Lacks the agility/change of direction needed to compete with slippery backs in 1-on-1 situations in the open field. Shows his lack of change of direction skill when facing Georgia (2022, 1st QTR 8:30), Sewell gets through the LOS cleanly on a blitz, straight shot at the QB, Bennett takes 1 side step and it takes Sewell about 2 seconds to stop his momentum and change direction. (2023 Vs. Washington St., 2nd QTR 13:33)  Opens hips late, puts himself a few steps behind the receiver entering his zone, lacks make up speed in coverage.

OVERALL 

[Nino] Sewell is no doubt a 1st round LB, his style of football, physicality and brand will have HC and coordinators salivating.  Sewell can disrupt opposing offenses with his upper body and length!  Noah is a Day 1 starter for any NFL team.  He does need to clean up the missed tackles and over pursuit but he is no doubt a Top 5 LB in the ‘23 class.  Player Comp: Jonathan Vilma

[Coach] My initial thoughts with Sewell were that due to his size and lack of agility he’d be fit for a role as a run down only LB at the next level. As I dove deeper and looked into his play grades, in 2023 Sewell graded out better as a coverage LB and pass rusher than he did as a run defender. I believe Sewell can fit in as an every down linebacker and contribute in all phases of the game for the defense. I do not think he is an elite prospect but I think he will carve out a role for himself at the next level.

Completed by: @NinoBrown_T2T, 11/2022

Added to: @coachschepps, 04/06/23

Reviewed and edited:  J. Clark 04/06/23

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