Grading the Bears’ selection of LB Noah Sewell in fifth round

The Chicago Bears selected Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell with the 148th overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft.

The Bears added two off-ball linebackers in Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards via free agency, and now they added more depth at the position with Sewell.

Sewell, a three-year starter at Oregon, has the potential to be a steal for the Bears. He’s a high-motor, hard-hitting linebacker, who will provide solid depth on defense and be a core special teamer.

Sewell had a fantastic 2021 season, registering 114 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, five pass breakups, one interception and two forced fumbles in 14 games.

But his production dipped in 2022. He totaled 55 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one interception in 12 games.

That said, Sewell looks the part, and is a good pass rusher for one who spends most of his time in the middle of the field. His past success warrants a late-round selection. 

Grade: B

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Story originally appeared on Bears Wire