Draft Profile: Oregon LT Penei Sewell
Measurables: 6’6” 330 LBs
It’s insane to think about this season past. COVID-19 swept the country in the early parts of 2020 and one-by-one, College Football prospects opted-out of the season. Penei Sewell, the nations’ best offensive tackle prospect, was one of them. You would expect that not playing in over a full year would tank ones’ draft stock, but that is not the case for a generational talent like Sewell. Sewell, born in American Samoa, is listed at six feet, six inches tall and weighs between 325-330 pounds. The 2019 Outland Trophy winner, awarded to the best college football lineman in the United States, was the youngest winner of the trophy ever. Additionally, Sewell was named the Pac-12 co-offensive player of the year and was the first true freshman to start on the offensive line for Oregon in over 50 years. Sewell has only allowed two sacks and seven pressures in his entire tenure at Oregon.
- Youth (20 years old)
- Run Blocking/Drive Blocking
- Great Length
- Strong Upper Body
- Quick Feet
- Strong Hands
- Pass Blocking
- Technique has room to improve
- Lower Body Strength
- Lateral Redirect Agility
Joe Thomas (nasty finisher in the run game, length, upper body strength, good wingspan, strong hands at the point of attack). Alejandro Villanueva (exceptional athleticism, raw talent, competitiveness, room to improve technique).
Top 5. This projection depends a lot on who is willing to put their need at protection, rather than a passer. I have Sewell as the second overall rate prospect in the class but, much like years past, the quarterback position will likely take priority for most teams over the left tackle position. Whoever assesses their need at tackle more, will get a generational talent with exceptional youth and drastic room to improve on an already elite talent.
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