There's no question that Penei Sewell will be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, it's just a matter of how early the offensive tackle from Oregon will go. Even though he didn't play last year, Sewell is considered the best tackle prospect in the draft in a while and is likely to become a cornerstone on the left side of the offensive line for whichever team drafts him.
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Penei Sewell Draft Profile
A pure athlete in a 325-pound package, Sewell has an ideal blend of size, movement skills and instincts. He has the quick feet of a player 40 pounds lighter, with exceptional balance when working his wide body into position and also through contact. He consistently gets his body into proper position. His hand usage is outstanding; he packs a wallop, and it’s rare that he doesn’t get into a defender’s chest. He’s a natural knee-bender who wins at the point of attack in the run game and has the athleticism to range far out into space and swallow up smaller defenders on outside-zone runs. He plays with a kind of nasty demeanor that position coaches love — he’s always looking for someone to de-cleat — but even better are his instincts and ability to read and react quickly to the games in front of him.
He occasionally ends up in trouble getting downfield in the run game, abandoning technique as he looks to demolish an opponent.
He’s the most complete offensive tackle prospect to come into the league in a decade. Sewell has the physical traits, instincts and football IQ to play at a high level immediately, and he has a chance to be a perennial All-Pro candidate.
Final Grade: Top-10 pick
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