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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Penei Sewell

  • The Draft Network
  • December 18, 2020
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PROSPECT SUMMARY

Penei Sewell aligns at left tackle and is a good athlete overall, as evidenced in his initial quickness of the snap and his body control and balance in his set. In the run game, he demonstrates his physical toughness as an in-line blocker. He comes off the ball with the intent to maul you inside and he’s dominant on combo blocks. In the passing game, he demonstrates his competitiveness and length on the perimeter. He's rarely on the ground, but has a few reps where his technique falters a bit and puts his body in tough positions. Later in his career, he will easily kick inside to guard if athletic edge rushers start to give him issues. He may ultimately prove to be a better fit inside. 

Ideal Role: Plus level starting left tackle.

Scheme Fit: Ideally in a downhill, power run scheme. 

FILM EVALUATION

Games watched: Arizona State (2019), Auburn (2019), USC (2019)

Best Game Studied: Arizona State (2019)

Worst Game Studied: Auburn (2019)

Balance: He typically plays with good balance. In the games I charted he was on the ground minimally. However, speed rushers can threaten him upfield, club him with their inside arm, and get him off balance. This also occurs when he gets his feet too close together and his technique falters a bit.

Pass Set: He demonstrates very good initial quickness out of his stance and into his set. He has instances of rigidity and at times appears to get overzealous and over-aggressive, forcing his technique to suffer some. His overall footwork is sufficient and he should improve in this regard with pro coaching.

Competitive Toughness: This player has outstanding competitive toughness. He plays with an eagerness to get out in space on screens and to maul moving, smaller defenders. He is tough, physical, and his block temperament is reminiscent of an interior lineman who wants to maul you.

Lateral Mobility: Explosive rushers who threaten him vertically with speed then counter back inside will highlight his sufficient level lateral agility. When he has to redirect on a hard inside move, he will sometimes end up in an unfavorable position, relative to the defender. However, as a run blocker, he does an excellent job getting out of his stance to get on a 3-tech. 

Length: He appears to have good length for the position. He is proficient at using his length, particularly when he punches, and locks out. He also demonstrates his length when pulling, getting out on the perimeter, and sealing the edge. 

Hands: He has excellent strength in his hands, as evidenced in his ability in the run game. While in his pass set, he gets a good stab, easily jolting back the defender. He also demonstrates his outstanding hands in his latch strength. He had a few instances in the Auburn game of getting his hands outside of the frame.

Football IQ: He demonstrates his very good football IQ when identifying potential rushers from the edge. He will often alert the wing adjacent to him to be alert for someone in his area as well. He plays with vision and can see twists inside before they happen.

Power at P.O.A.: He plays with outstanding power at the point of attack. In the run game, he is violent and physical. He wants to maul you and gets very good vertical movement in the run game.

Anchor: He plays with a very good anchor. He is very difficult to bull rush due to his competitive toughness, block temperament, and anchor ability. He will get a bit upright and straight-legged later in the game. However, his anchor ability is very good.

Versatility: This player will provide value later in his career for his ability to naturally kick inside and play guard. He already plays with the natural demeanor of an interior lineman. He also has very good anchor ability, projecting very well to keeping the depth of the pocket clean at guard.

Prospect Comparison: Laremy Tunsil (2016 NFL Draft, Miami Dolphins)

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 91.75/100

Joe Marino: 93.00/100

Kyle Crabbs: 91.00/100

Jordan Reid: 91.00/100

Drae Harris: 92.00/100

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