Penei Sewell, Oregon-OT
6’6”, 325 Pounds
- Quick Feet
- Attacks Ever Play
- Hand Placement
Sewell was a four-star recruit coming out of High School. As a true freshman, he stepped right into the starting lineup for the Ducks. Despite only playing seven games due to an injury he received All-Freshman nominations. His play earned his All PAC-10 honors.
Sewell’s sophomore season he played all 14 games for the Ducks. And id not give up a sack in over 900 snaps. Sewell was named All-American and was also voted the top offensive lineman in the PAC-10. He also won the Outland Trophy, which goes to the top offensive lineman in the country.
Sewell is an impressive combination of size and athleticism. He shows natural knee bend and is rarely over-matched in one-on-one situations. His feet are terrific with a quick first step and able to set position before the defender. Sewell’s speed and quickness allow him to move to the second level of the defense with ease.
He finishes every play; he does not give up until the whistle. There is a bit of a nasty streak in him; he will maintain his block in the run game. This sometimes will get under the skin of the defender.
In pass protection, he only gave up one sack in his two-year career. This shows he will not be beaten by the pass rush. In the run game, he helps the Ducks average just over 171 yards a game.
Sewell doesn’t always have the best hand placement on the defender. This does tend to lead to him overreaching and holding calls. The hand placement issue sometimes leads to him over-extending himself. Sewell’s center of gravity gets thrown off on occasion with these issues. These are fixable and he has shown the want to learn and grow.
As of right now, Sewell is projected the top offensive tackle in the draft by most draft annalist. This could lead him to be drafted as high as the second pick to the New York Jets. I do not really see him falling out of the top-ten as of right now.