By: Hussam Patel
Penei Sewell is the #1 prospect and athlete in the 2021 NFL Draft class and the #1 Offensive tackle. All of this is backed up by PFFs grade of 95.8 for Sewell, and yes-he is the #1 player on my draft board.
He's a great young athlete who's quickness is noted once the ball is snapped. This allows him to stop an EDGE Rusher coming off the ball. Using his low center of gravity and balance he's able to remain stout and get his hands into defenders chests and start the battle in the trenches.
He's got quick and smooth feet allowing Sewell to remain fluid around the Quarterback and not be a liability in space. As a Freshman he did not allow a sack in 926 pass blocking attempts and in his Sophomore season he kept a clean pocket for Chargers QB Justin Herbert, playing Left Guard.
He's so dominant in the passing game and certainly will maul you on the 2nd level with screen and RPO calls. In the run game, he demonstrates his physical toughness as an in-line blocker and mauls smaller defenders and linebackers in the 2nd level, defensive backs should not want to deal with him.
While opting out if the 2020 college football season due to Covid-19- he has been preparing for the NFL next season, Sewell should be training against veteran defensive lineman to get up to speed.