PENEI SEWELL: SCOUTING REPORT. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.

PENEI SEWELL: SCOUTING REPORT. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.
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BACKGROUND

  • Height: 6’6”
  • Weight: 330 lbs
  • College: Oregon Ducks
  • Year: Junior 

Penei Sewell could be the highest rated offensive lineman to enter the NFL draft for years. He possesses fantastic athleticism, movement, strength, you name it he can almost certainly do it. 

With the PAC-12 forgoing the fall season, Sewell has already declared for the 2021 NFL draft and opted out of the 2020 season. Without the risk of injury and the impressive performances he has on tape. It would be a huge shock if Sewell is anything but the first offensive tackle taken and a top 5 pick. 

Sewell was born in Malaeimi, American Samoa before moving to Utah in 2012. He had a choice of multiple, high profile tier 1 colleges before declaring to play for Oregon. He’d go on to become an immediate starter in 2018, something that is rarely seen in true freshmen. 

In just his sophomore season in 2019 Sewell was named a first team All-American and was the Outland Trophy and the Morris Trophy Winner.

This made him the first sophomore to ever win the awards as well as becoming the first Polynesian to lift the trophy.

Sewell looks set to be a perennial pro bowler and should be a starter for an NFL from day one. All this and he doesn’t turn 20 until 9th October!!!

Sewell is a fool-proof prospect. He doesn’t have many flaws and any team will be lucky to pick him up in next year’s draft. His ideal size and unique quickness and movement is what jumps out on film. But it’s the power he can generate to finish that is really impressive – he makes it all look so easy. 

See the tweet below which shows off everything great about Penei Sewell. Quickness, movement and finishing ability.

STRENGTHS

  • Makes the position look effortless
  • Explosive and Athletic
  • Has an excellent change of direction
  • Able to get into space quickly
  • Great finisher
  • Good lateral agility
  • Attacks every down

This list could go on and on. You see on the film just how easy he makes the position look. He is explosive in the pass game and has great movement in the run game. He will fit straight into any team and any scheme. 

It’s easy to forget just how young he is when the player you watch is so mature and polished.

His physical attributes are off the charts. You run out of superlatives to describe him. He possesses great movement, strength, hands, balance, agility and speed. He has the ability to churn up his opponent and finish them but he also can be patient, wait for the defender to bite before packing his punch.

As said before, what stands out the most from Sewell is his athleticism. You just don’t see tackle prospects move like this often. But, he adds great mental attributes too. You notice how good his instincts and football IQ are in his ability to pick up man/zone coverage as well as shifting for blitzes 

WEAKNESSES

  • Could improve his centre of gravity 
  • When he does get beat it’s normally because of his hand placement

To pick out any weaknesses in Sewell’s game is difficult and a bit nit-picky. He is a top prospect for a reason. 

If we have to pick out any faults, it would be his anchor and balance. He has more than enough strength to compete and dominate at any level but he may want to add some extra pounds to his weight to answer any questions scouts may have. 

Sewell isn’t beaten often, but when he is, it is usually because his hand placement was a bit off. With his hands being too wide it means opponents have a big target in his chest area to knock him down. I must stress though this happens very rarely

SUMMARY

We have seen all we need from this big guy. Opting out of the 2020 season will do him no harm and at worst will be a top 5 pick come draft day. 

He has everything and more you expect and want in a tackle prospect and will be a recognised stud in the NFL. He will only be 20 when he is drafted and has a long and successful career ahead of him.

Penei Sewell should be the first lineman called and don’t be surprised if he tops scouting big boards and top 50s as draft talk explodes once the NFL season has ended. 

DRAFT PROJECTION: TOP 5 OVERALL 

FEATURE IMAGE CREDIT: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

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