Stewart was one of the top linebacker recruits in the country coming out of Byrd High School in Shreveport, La., choosing Texas A&M over Alabama, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Cal and Michigan. As a true freshman Stewart made a big impact, seeing action in all 13 games while starting seven at outside linebacker. During that 2009 season, he managed 28 total tackles, including one tackle for loss, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.
The following spring, Stewart moved inside inside when Texas A&M went to the 3-4 defense, but failed to crack the starting lineup, instead proving to be a valuable backup and special teamer. Fast forward to 2011 and Stewart started every game in the middle of the defense next to senior Garrick Williams. He led the team with 98 total tackles, but only 5.5 of those went for a loss, three of which were sacks. In 2012, Texas A&M moved back to a 4-3 base defense, and Stewart recorded 81 tackles (2.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups, and seven quarterback hurries.
Tall interior presence. Rarely has difficulties locating the ball carrier and recognizing if the play is run or pass due to height. Utilizes short hops along the second level to strafe and stick with lateral runners inside the tackle box. Flashes uncharacteristic straight-line speed when blitzing, closing quickly and only leaving his zone if the pass rushing lane is wide open. Delivers a big blow when left unblocked, punishing the offense for allowing a free tackle.
Arm length appears to be disproportionately short and it shows when tangled with blockers. Fails to consistently fit, press, and disengage to make tackles. Biggest downfall is a hesitant nature. Refuses to meet the ball carrier at the line of scrimmage even in a clear running lane. Prefers to wait and dive at ball carrier’s ankles three yards downfield. Does attempt to wrap up the opposition’s lower half, but diving is caused by a lack of anticipation, especially against quick twitch runners. Nothing sudden about his play other than straight-line blitzing.
Lining up next Sean Porter and behind Damontre Moore, Stewart will likely be overlooked. Some will think that is deservedly so, since the senior tends to wait at the second level rather than aggressively meet the running back in the hole. However, others will appreciate his consistency and Stewart should get a chance to stick on an NFL roster.His best attribute is his ability to get the defense in order pre-snap.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.