Northwestern 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Reports Include Jeremiah Lewis, Evan Hull, and Cameron Mitchell

    Top Northwestern prospects are gearing up for the 2023 NFL Draft -- what do the scouting reports say about their NFL potential?

    Northwestern 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Reports Include Jeremiah Lewis, Evan Hull, and Cameron Mitchell

    Finishing 1-11 under Pat Fitzgerald isn’t something Northwestern fans are used to dealing with, but it wasn’t a lack of talent. Top Northwestern prospects are working out and prepping for the 2023 NFL Draft — what do the scouting reports say about their NFL potential?

    Northwestern 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Reports

    Adetomiwa Adebawore, DT

    Strengths: Versatile defensive line prospect whose draft stock is soaring. Bends his knees, plays with terrific pad level, and consistently gets leverage on opponents. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, works his hands throughout the action, and slides off blocks to make the tackle.

    Agile, easily moves around the field, and possesses a closing burst. Quickly changes direction or immediately alters his angle of attack and plays through the whistle. Consistently focused on by opponents and creates opportunities for teammates. Plays the run as hard as he rushes the passer. Nimble, agile, and easily redirects to the action or ball handler. Turned in a sensational Combine workout, which included a 40 time of 4.49s and a 37.5-inch vertical jump.

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    Weaknesses: Lacks natural bulk and can be out-positioned from the action rather easily. Slow locating the ball.

    Overall: Adebawore is an explosive, athletic defensive line prospect who offers possibilities at end or as a pass-rushing tackle. He displayed a lot of progress in his game the past three seasons and had three spectacular days of practice at the Senior Bowl, where he was unstoppable. Adebawore has growth limitations, but his intensity, athleticism, and scheme versatility are very appealing.

    Want more information on Adebawore? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Adetomiwa Adebawore, DT, Northwestern | NFL Draft Scouting Report

    Cameron Mitchell, CB

    Strengths: Talented cornerback with excellent size. Quick flipping his hips in transition, displays good footwork in reverse, and works to get his head back around to locate the pass in the air. Displays a sense of timing, tracks the ball, and has a burst to the action. Instinctive, shows good recognition, and gives effort against the run. Works very hard and stays with coverage assignments.

    Weaknesses: Must be more consistent with his footwork. Struggles staying with receivers out of routes.

    Overall: Mitchell is an instinctive cornerback who can play in a zone system or in man coverage. He offers possibilities as a dime back and special-teams player.

    Want more information on Mitchell? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Cameron Mitchell, CB, Northwestern | NFL Draft Scouting Report

    Evan Hull, RB

    Strengths: Hard-charging ball carrier who is also super-productive as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Patient, displays terrific vision, and consistently finds the running lanes. Will pick and choose his spots, has quick feet, and bounces around piles or defenders. Displays a burst through the hole, quickly cuts back against the grain, and doesn’t lose momentum changing direction.

    Runs hard on the inside, squeezes through the small openings of the defense, and falls forward when tackled. Agile with the ability to turn the corner. Solid pass catcher who immediately gets into routes then uses his frame to shield away defenders. Adjusts to the errant throw, extends his hands, and makes the reception away from his frame.

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    Weaknesses: Not a sturdy back who picks up much yardage off initial contact despite his size. Brought down at the point by a single defender. Has speed deficiencies.

    Overall: Hull was an all-purpose player for Northwestern the past two seasons as both a ball carrier and pass catcher. He was super-productive and projects well at the next level as a third back on the depth chart who can be used in a variety of roles.

    Want more information on Hull? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Evan Hull, RB, Northwestern | NFL Draft Scouting Report

    Jeremiah Lewis, S

    Strengths: Hard-charging, run-defending safety who began his college career at Duke. Instinctive, quickly diagnoses plays, and effectively quarterbacks the secondary. Patient, keeps the action in front of him, and puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball.

    Fires up the field, quickly gets out to the sidelines to defend the run, and drives his shoulders through ball handlers. Displays awareness in coverage, effectively recognizes routes, and tracks the pass in the air. Gets a jump on the ball and dives around the field working to break up throws.

    Weaknesses: Best facing the action and is a liability in man coverage. Plays to one speed and isn’t fast to the flanks.

    Overall: Lewis was a productive safety the past three seasons and comes with nice length as well as growth potential. He’s best playing downhill and must produce on special teams to have a career at the next level.

    Peter Skoronski, OT

    Strengths: Highly touted college left tackle who may be best on the right side or even inside at guard. Explosive, fires off the snap, and adjusts to opponents. Keeps his head on a swivel, always looks for someone to hit, and blocks with a nasty attitude.

    Fundamentally sound, stays square, and blocks with outstanding leverage. Correctly places his hands into defenders, turns opponents from their angles of attack, and opens up running lanes. Keeps his feet moving, displays solid range off the edge, and seals defenders from plays. Stays with the action and plays tough, smart football.

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    Weaknesses: Doesn’t finish blocks on the move. Lacks great footwork off the edge. Must do a better job anchoring in pass protection. Arms measured just 32 1⁄4 inches at the Combine.

    Overall: Skoronski is a talented blocker who is highly rated in many quarters of the draft world. While I like his game, I don’t see a blocker with great upside. However, I do see someone who could come in and start at right tackle or guard and have a long NFL career.

    Want more information on Skoronski? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern | NFL Draft Scouting Report

    Tony Pauline is an NFL Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Tony’s work here and follow him on Twitter: @TonyPauline.

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