Draft Profile: BioNoah Sewell from Orem High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Sewell joined Oregon after being heavily recruited.
In 2020 as a freshman Sewell saw action in 7 games and played a total of 369 snaps at linebacker for the Ducks. He recorded 34 tackles, 8 assists, while adding 26 stops. In coverage Sewell notched up one pass breakup, no interceptions, and a solid QB rating when targetted of 85.4. As a pass rusher, he added 9 total pressures, which included 7 QB hurries, no QB hits, and 2 sacks on the season.
As a sophomore for the Ducks in 2021 Sewell played in 14 games and took part in 879 snaps for the Ducks. He recorded decent 72 tackles, 15 assists, while adding 37 stops. In coverage Sewell made 3 pass breakups, one interception, and a solid QB rating when targetted of 75.0. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 34 total pressures, and 21 QB hurries, 9 QB hits, and a decent 4 sacks during the year.
In 2022 as a junior Sewell played in 12 games and contributed on 601 snaps. He recorded 40 tackles, 16 assists while making 23 stops. In coverage Sewell chalked up 2 pass breakups, one interception, and QB rating when targetted of 105.6. As a pass rusher, he produced 18 total pressures, which included 14 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and 2 sacks on the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- He’s a high-motor player, and Sewell shows good enough hand use, as well as a tight spin move, to win as an edge rusher.
- Sewell has good quickness and an excellent understanding of angles, often beating blockers to the spot.
- Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List - ranked #42. He wrote, "Sewell, a former high school quarterback, also had 8.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles. The 6-2, 260-pound junior has great movement skills, topping out at 20.85 mph on the GPS. He also bench pressed 425 this offseason, did 655 pounds on the sumo deadlift and power-cleaned 345."
- He can be used as a rangy run defender inside, instinctive when it comes to locating the ball with the quickness to get to it before blockers can react at the second level.
- He combines the athleticism of a chase-and-tackle defender and the toughness and physicality of a classic 4-3 Mike.
- Good closing speed with long arms to drag down quarterbacks and running backs.
- He’s rangy and instinctive when he’s looking into the backfield as a zone defender.
- Sewell has the strong core and powerful hands to shed blockers, and he shows excellent instincts with the ability to quickly locate the ball.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- As good as Sewell is attacking downhill, he can get overaggressive and overrun plays, opening up cutback lanes for counter runs.
- As explosive as he is as an athlete, he needs to become a better finisher.
- He’s perfectly capable of converting speed into power when he gets to the ball, but too often he slips off tackles or turns into a grab-and-drag tackler rather than a hitter, failing to keep his legs driving through the hit.
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