Penei Sewell NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile: Likely Top-10 Pick The Next Trent Williams?
This is The Game Day’s Penei Sewell NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile. After you read our Penei Sewell Scouting Report, head over to Marcus Mosher’s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1.
Penei Sewell NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Penei Sewell NFL Draft Prospect: Bio & Measurables
- School: Oregon
- Class in Final Season: Junior
- Age on NFL Draft Day: 20
- Height: 6-foot-6
- Weight: 325 lbs.
Penei Sewell Scouting Report
- A starter since his 2018 freshman year
- Outland Trophy winner as a sophomore (2019)
- Excellent in pass protection on the blindside who can hold his own as a run blocker
- Above-average quickness, agility, and footwork
- Can move in space, which is good in the screen-game
- Can penetrate defenders at the second and third level
- Quickness off the line of scrimmage as a run blocker
- High motor and energy
- Powerful and instinctual
- Powerful hands
- Not an elite athlete, but he is at least above-average
- Not the best hand technique
- Doesn’t always finish the block with urgency
- Puts his body incomparable positions
- Wide hands, exposing his inside to defenders
Penei Sewell NFL Outlook
Penei Sewell is one of, if not the best offensive tackle in the 2021 NFL Draft class. A full-time starter since his freshman year, Sewell protected future Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert‘s blindside at Oregon. He took a mind-blowing leap in his 2019 sophomore season and was awarded the Outland Trophy.
While Sewell does have his deficiencies, he does not have many glaring issues. Sewell is not an elite athlete, but he is at least above-average. His hand technique can use some tuning up and doesn’t always finish the play with the same urgency, but these traits can develop at the pro level.
However, in the generally accepted Penei Sewell scouting reports, you can’t deny the positives. Not only does he fly off the ball and can penetrate defenders at the second and third level on run plays, but he also showcases his above-average footwork and agility in open space on screens.
When it comes to pass blocking and protecting the quarterback, Sewell is next-level. Sewell is quick out of his stance and can keep his balance under duress. His hands are strong and powerful especially when he gets a hold of his defender and can move him with ease. And while he doesn’t always finish the block, he will find one if he is freed up.
Sewell is a Day 1 NFL starter in the NFL who could be a bookend left tackle for many years in the league. He can also move to the inside if/when his skills diminish at the latter portion of his career.
Penei Sewell NFL Comparison
Trent Williams: Penei Sewell has been touted as the best offensive tackle prospect in recent memory, and there have been some good ones to break into the NFL in recent years. While Colts OG Quenton Nelson was the best overall offensive line prospect to enter the league over the years, you’d probably have to go back to Trent Williams to find the last tackle to enter the draft with as much ceiling as Sewell.
While I have seen Penei Sewell scouting reports compare him to Orlando Pace — a Hall of Famer — Williams is a comp who is still in the NFL, currently wreaking havoc on edge defenders on the 49ers. Williams is a monster, playing at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, but Sewell is even bigger at his 6-foot-6, 325-pound frame. They both play with an uncanny toughness and tenaciousness as well who can manhandle and move defenders once they get a hold of them.
Williams is an eight-time Pro Bowler and has been voted second-team All-Pro once back in 2015. Sewell could be headed down that same path.
Penei Sewell NFL Draft Team Fits
Penei Sewell is projected as a high first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. In fact, most experts do not expect Sewell to fall past pick No. 10, the Dallas Cowboys, who I will talk about next. While the Bengals currently hold the No. 5 overall pick in the upcoming draft, some experts have them pegged to select LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase at the spot, connecting QB Joe Burrow with his former collegiate wideout.
A.J. Green‘s return is up in the air to return; his departure would leave a hole at the wide receiver position. However, the Bengals would be better off addressing their offensive line.
After all, what good are Burrow, Joe Mixon, and any pass-catching weapon Cincinnati brings in if the young franchise quarterback is not upright and healthy? Burrow already suffered a season-ending knee injury to cut his rookie campaign short.
Even sans Green, the Bengals still employ Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd at receiver. They can get another one later in the draft or on a free-agent market loaded with pass-catchers.
And while the Bengals did draft Jonah Williams 11th overall in the 2019 draft, he has already missed 22 games in his first two seasons as a pro. Williams missed his entire rookie season with a shoulder injury and finished 2020 on the injured reserve list with a knee injury after only appearing in 10 games.
If the Bengals select Sewell, they can kick Williams to the right side, killing two birds with one stone.
If Penei Sewell is available for the Cowboys to select him 10th overall, they’d be hard-pressed not to pull the trigger.
It wasn’t too long ago when the Dallas offensive line was perennially on top of the league. However, their studs are aging, injured, or retired. Last offseason, C Travis Frederick retired, while longtime bookend LT Tyron Smith has missed at least three games in every season since 2016 — Smith missed 14 games in 2020. With La’el Collins and Zack Martin also missing significant time last season, the Cowboys’ front five was exposed, primarily due to its lack of depth that also couldn’t stay healthy.
Even if most of their offensive line injuries were an anomaly, Smith’s was not. When he is on the field, Smith remains one of the top tackles in the league, but can the Cowboys, who believe they can compete for a Super Bowl, depend on him? I would not take that chance.
Selecting Sewell would give the Cowboys an opportunity to make Smith expendable, or move him to another spot of need along their line. This is a no-brainer for Dallas if he falls, but I do not expect Sewell to be there at No. 10.
Los Angeles Chargers
In a recent report via the Oregonian, Penei Sewell is linked to the Chargers. Sewell, who played his collegiate ball at Oregon, told the press that it would be a “dream come true? to reunite with QB Justin Herbert.
While the Chargers are currently sitting with the 13th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft — Sewell is projected to be taken much earlier — the team is ready to make a move if the standout tackle falls past the Bengals at No. 5.
Following the Bengals at five, the Eagles, Lions, Panthers, and Dolphins are all next in line and consequentially, all need an upgrade at left tackle. If the Chargers are going to trade up, they would likely be targeting the Lions’ seventh pick.
On another note regarding the Chargers, Draft Analyst Todd McShay has Sewell falling to the Chargers at pick No. 13. Although I don’t see an all-world talent like Sewell falling out of the first eight picks, McShay’s mock was worth noting.
Penei Sewell NFL Draft Prediction
Round 1, Pick 5: Cincinnati Bengals
Besides the Bengals, the Dolphins are the other team on the board who can potentially select Penei Sewell in the top five.
In last year’s draft, the Dolphins selected OT Austin Jackson 18th overall. However, that does not mean they are out of the running on Sewell. However, what does take them out of the running is the fact that they may be in the quarterback market. And even if they are not in the quarterback market, they are in a prime spot to trade out of because there are ample teams that are.
This leaves the Bengals at No. 5. As I said earlier, the Bengals could take a skill position player to add to Joe Burrow’s arsenal like WR Ja’Marr Chase or TE Kyle Pitts. However, with an aging A.J. Green not doing much, Burrow made the best of what he had with Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. And when I said that he made the best, Burrow managed a 17:9 total TD/TO ratio while throwing for 300+ yards five times in 10 games.
What’s more, Burrow accumulated those numbers and moved the football despite the fact that he had a vast amount of pressure in his face more times than not. In fact, Burrow was sacked 32 times in 10 games, good for ninth-most in the NFL. As a result of Cincinnati’s horrendous offensive line play, Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 11.
I don’t work for an NFL team’s front office nor am I Bengals owner Mike Brown, but if you ask me — and probably Burrow too — the no-brainer pick is Sewell, an instant impact day-one starter to protect your franchise quarterback.
The Bengals have the sixth-most cap space ($37.8 million) going into an offseason chock full of pass-catching weapons — JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chirs Godwin, Kenny Golladay, Allen Robinson, Hunter Henry). Want to know who the top free-agent tackles are? The best one is Trent Williams, who I comped Sewell to earlier, and he is 33-years-old. Following Williams is Taylor Moton but then the pool gets pretty dry quick.
All things considered, the Bengals will take Sewell at No. 5 overall as long as he is there.
I am still pegging Penei Sewell to the Bengals at No. 5. However, things have changed since the initial release of this profile. Free-agent Bengals WR A.J. Green signed with the Cardinals while WR John Ross landed with the Giants, leaving a need for the team to target WR Ja’Marr Chase in the draft. Despite the vacancies at receiver, the bigger need remains offensive line help, notably, Sewell.
I suggested it a few weeks ago above and I will say it again. What good is Chase, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Joe Mixon to Joe Burrow and the Bengals if the impending second-year signal-caller finds himself on the injured reserve listing his first two years as a pro due to another significant injury? Protect your franchise quarterback, Cincinnati, with a franchise bookend tackle.
Penei Sewell NFL Draft Bet
- Who will be the first overall pick in the draft?
Penei Sewell has the third-best odds to be taken at No. 1. While Trevor Lawrence (-5000) and Justin Fields (+1000) are slated ahead of Sewell, the potentially transcending tackle sits with (+1800) odds to be the first player selected.
While the odds are appetizing, can we make a case to take them? First off, the Jaguars, who sit with the top pick are expected to take Lawrence or Fields, hence the odds. If the Jaguars stand pat and don’t trade out, they will take their quarterback. Now, if they can somehow get a quarterback in free agency or via trade, then they might sit there and take Sewell, who might be the safest player in the draft.
Let’s also not gloss over the fact that if the Jaguars did trade for a franchise signal-caller like a Dak Prescott or a Deshaun Watson — both longshots — there is no way they would not have to give up the No. 1 pick in the deal.
However, even if they do get their quarterback elsewhere and somehow retain the pick, that No. 1 selection is worthy of a king’s ransom, which means they would likely trade out of that spot for more capital.
You can take a wager on Sewell just in case, but I don’t see it happening even though the top offensive lineman on the board’s talent and ceiling deems him worthy. If this was the Jared Goff/Carson Wentz draft, I’d say pull the trigger and don’t look back. There is just too much hype around Lawrence and Fields for one of them not to be taken at the top spot.
- Who will be the No. 3 overall selection in the NFL Draft?
While you can also wager who will be taken with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, as I have suggested above, that spot is likely reserved for a quarterback. No. 3 is where it gets interesting and where I would be inclined to place a wager for Penei Sewell to go.
Slated at (+200), Sewell has the best odds to be taken at the third overall pick assuming both Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields are off the board at No. 1 and No. 2.
The Dolphins hold the No. 3 overall selection. As I had suggested earlier in this article, I would not rule out Miami pulling the trigger. While I do believe they will trade up — to get their quarterback — or back — to gain more capital — there is a chance they ultimately stay put and grab Sewell.
In the event the Dolphins trade back, perhaps there is another club eyeing Sewell fully knowing the Bengals are a team at the No. 5 pick who would take him in a heartbeat. If there is a team that could trade up for Sewell, the Chargers come to mind.
Like the Bengals, the Chargers have a franchise quarterback with a sub-par offensive line. In fact, just like the Bengals and Joe Burrow, who was sacked 32 times, the ninth most in the NFL, Justin Herbert was also sacked that many times as well.
It would be wise for the Chargers to protect Herbert and what better way than under-cutting the team they could be linked to for many years to come due to their 2020 rookie signal-callers. The Chargers already lost C Mike Pouncey to retirement and started Trey Pipkins at left tackle last year. I don’t even have to say that Sewell is a vast upgrade over the Pip.
Who will be the first offensive lineman selected in the 2021 NFL Draft?
Penei Sewell is slated with ridiculous (-1250) odds to be the first offensive lineman taken in the draft. Those odds are not favorable for good reason. Sewell is hands down the best-left tackle in the draft and one of the best lineman prospects since Colts OG Quenton Nelson. The second-best odds go to Rashawn Slater (+350).
While nothing in this world is a lock, Trevor Lawrence being selected as the first quarterback and Sewell being taken as the first offensive lineman are as close as we’re going to get to one.
Penei Sewell Over/Under Draft Position
- Over 5.5 (-125)
- Under 5.5 (-106)
We all can assume the top three picks in the draft will be quarterbacks with the expectation that the Falcons will trade back at No. 4. We can also expect that whoever trades up to No. 4 will also take a quarterback.
If you don’t think the Bengals will take Penei Sewell at the fifth overall pick, then the Over is the bet to make. However, if you’re with me and believe Cincinnati will make the wise move and take Sewell, then you take the Under. It is that simple.
If I am making this wager today, I would bet the Under at (-106) odds. I can also make the case where the Falcons stay-put and select Sewell.
Penei Sewell To Be Drafted Under No. 5.5 Overall
12/31, 7:00 PM
Bet $20, Payout $39
Last season, the Falcons allowed Matt Ryan to be sacked 41 times. They also struggled to run the football with any efficiency whatsoever. Sewell would solve both of those problem areas for an offense with the skill position players, and quarterback, in place to do some damage around the league. With a suspect defense, the Falcons will be in a lot of shootouts and will need to out-score their opponents to win football games. In order to do so, they need to keep Ryan upright.
What’s more, new Falcons HC Arthur Smith wants to run the football — cc Derrick Henry and the Titans’ rushing attack while Smith was their offensive coordinator. That alone is enough reason to believe the Falcons are in the mix to take Sewell with the fourth overall pick.
Sewell is a top-five talent. If we weren’t in such a quarterback-driven league, Sewell would be a slam-dunk top-five pick. He is that transcending of a talent.
I love the Under for Sewell’s draft position.
Now that you’ve read our Penei Sewell 2021 Draft Prospect scouting report, stay tuned for more NFL Draft analysis. Then, after the 2021 NFL Draft, we’ll cover his impact on betting lines, odds and tips for his NFL team.
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