As he enters the NFL, Noah Sewell addressed the possibility of being drafted by the Detroit Lions.
The Detroit Lions found a keeper when the drafted offensive tackle Penei Sewell seventh overall in the 2021 draft, but that’s just stating the obvious. But there’s a Sewell bloodline in the NFL, with Nephi Sewell playing for the New Orleans Saints last season. Next up is Noah Sewell, who declared for the draft after three seasons playing linebacker at Oregon.
Sewell is of course participating in the NFL Combine this week. He ran an official 4.64 40-yard dash during on-field work Thursday, with 27 bench press reps, a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot, 7–inch broad jump.
Sewell has his session with the media on Wednesday. Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the prospect of being drafted by the Lions and playing with his brother Penei was brought up.
"If I get drafted by the Lions it’ll be truly a blessing,” Noah Sewell said Wednesday at the NFL combine."
Noah Sewell is a solid NFL prospect in his own right
While not as highly touted as his oldest brother was two years ago, Noah Sewell is a solid NFL prospect in his own right.
Sewell had a big sophomore season at Oregon in 2021, with 114 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and five pass breakups. A role change, and a disappointing campaign for the Ducks’ defense, brought a drop-off in production. He’s still considered a Day 2 draft pick though, possibly even top-50 overall.
Sewell is on the bigger side for an off-ball linebacker, at close to 250 pounds (246 pounds officially at the Combine). He said it came up in interviews with teams in Indianapolis this week.
"They do question my weight a little bit,” he said. “I am on the heavier side of the scale, but I like to kind of stay away from those typical linebackers. I like to be unique with my weight. I can move around, I’m dynamic, I’m athletic and I think I bring a lot to the table with my weight.”"
Penei Sewell had a memorable reception against the Vikings last season. His youngest brother joked about it.
"I think I got better hands than Penei,”"
The Lions could wind up drafting a linebacker in April. Leaving aside the sentiment of reuniting brothers on the same team in the NFL, Sewell is probably on the radar and he’s a definite option.