Trevor Penning may have played at an FCS school but that's not going to prevent him from going early in the 2022 NFL Draft. Question his competition all you want, but you can't dispute his size or his strength. He also tested well at the Scouting Combine, increasing the chances that he'll hear his name called sooner rather than later when the draft gets started on April 28.
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Trevor Penning Draft Profile
College: Northern Iowa
Penning is a Group of 5 prospect with some eye-popping traits, starting with his size. He’s huge, with both the strength to match and the long arms and heavy hands to dominate opponents. As a pass protector, he plays with natural knee bend and quicker feet than you’d expect from a man his size. That allows him to hold up on the outside — he more than held his own against Iowa State, the lone FBS opponent on NIU’s 2021 schedule. He thrives as a run blocker, with the initial explosiveness to win at the point of attack and a nasty disposition, bullying opponents and finishing plays through the whistle.
Level of competition is a concern for a player who physically dominated opponents, and Penning sometimes got away with shaky balance while pass protecting. His movement skills aren’t elite, and at least early on, he might need consistent help on the edge.
He’s a tone-setting type of blocker coming into the NFL at a time when there are plenty of offenses looking to establish a physical identity. Pass protection could be an issue early, but Penning’s floor would seem to be as a quality starting right tackle in a power offense.