It’s a feeling of elation for most college players when they finally get the phone call that they’re about to be drafted into the NFL. It is the culmination of years of sacrifice and hard work. Noah Sewell is no different. The Oregon linebacker has been through some tough challenges. After a stellar season in 2021, many felt he was in the 1st round conversation. However, the program changed the coaching staff until 2022 and the defensive scheme with it. His productivity plummeted. As a result, he was down until the 5th round before the Chicago Bears caught him.
That didn’t dampen his excitement too much. He was thrilled when he got the call from general manager Ryan Poles. He would go to an organization famous for its lineage of linebackers and run a system set up by a head coach who played the position himself. That’s as close to an ideal setup as he could ask for. However, the exciting moment came with some awkwardness. According to Poles in an interview with NFL Network’s Cynthia Frelund, Penei Sewell, Noah’s brother and Detroit Lions right tackle, was in the same room when the pick was made.
Suffice it to say, the reaction was what you would expect from a competitive family.
This isn’t the first time brothers have found themselves in the NFL at the same time. There are many excellent examples of this. Travis Kelce and Jason Kelce just faced off in the Super Bowl. JJ Watt and TJ Watt played for Houston and Pittsburgh. Peyton Manning and Eli Manning took turns beating Tom Brady in the playoffs for several years. Both Nick Bosa and Joey Bosa dominate the West Coast as pass rushers. However, this situation is a bit different as the Sewell brothers find themselves division rivals.
This means that their meetings will not be rare like other brother duos. They will see each other twice a year. It could get heated between the two, especially if the Lions and Bears end up competing for the division crown now that Aaron Rodgers is out of the picture. Noah Sewell probably thinks he has more to prove. He is the younger brother of the two and was drafted much later than Penei (7th overall). Chicago can expect him to come with extra intensity.