Penei Sewell Scouting Report: 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
Our 2021 NFL Draft scouting report series today focusses on Oregon star left tackle, Penei Sewell. Sewell is a consensus top-5 pick across the majority of draft sites and amongst most NFL draft experts and so Bobby Bishop delves into why this is the case. Could Sewell be a genuine contender to wrestle the number one overall pick selection away from future franchise cornerstone, Trevor Lawrence?
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Penei Sewell – OT, Oregon
Height - 6’6” Weight - 330 lbs Class - Junior Hometown – Malaeimi, American Samoa
Born in American Samoa, Penei grew up with three brothers who also play football. Penei has two uncles who played pro football, Isaac Sopoaga and Richard Brown, so football is in his DNA.
The Sewell family moved to Utah in 2012, where Penei played out his high school career. Ranked as an offensive guard in high school, Penei Sewell was a four-star prospect. He was the number 1 player in Utah and the number 2 guard in the country.
He committed to Oregon, where they moved him to offensive tackle, as their interior offensive line was already elite. Sewell blossomed in this role. He started the first game of the season and ended up starting all seven games that he played in. He missed six games with a high ankle sprain.
As a sophomore, Sewell had the perfect season, finishing as the top graded offensive lineman in PFF history. He was a consensus All-American and won the Outland Trophy. Penei Sewell decided to opt out of his junior season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and he declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Sewell is a very effective downfield blocker. He is comfortable in space. He has the speed to not get beat by quick edge rushers and the strength to compete with any defensive end in the nation.
He always knows his assignment and always blocks the right man. He only allowed one sack in his entire career at Oregon in 678 pass blocking snaps, which is unbelievable. He is great as a pass protector or a run blocker and did plenty of each in college.
There really does not seem to be a weakness with Sewell. We don’t know his full measurables yet, including hand size and wingspan, which are somewhat important for offensive tackles. He will have missed a year of football, but if he is already working out for the combine, that shouldn’t hold him back. He may be a little rusty as a rookie, but only time will tell.
Willie Roaf. Sewell has almost the same precise measurables as the Hall of Fame left tackle. Roaf also was very agile and very powerful at the same time. Roaf excelled in both pass protection and run blocking.
Penei Sewell opted out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19, but it was more likely to protect his body from injury before he makes his millions. He had nothing left to prove at the college level, so opting out shouldn’t hurt his draft stock. He will be a franchise left tackle and will protect and preserve the career of some lucky QB.
1st OT taken. Top 3 pick.
Vs. Stanford (2018) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h1JBESw1xI
Vs. Michigan State (2018) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVrBPuWJHCw
Vs. Colorado (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLDK_NipT_Q
Vs. Washington (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asvUpksYYb0
Vs. Utah (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PASpzzm0wbE&t=544s
Vs. Wisconsin (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxkJE1LPG10