GBN staff thoughts on Sewell pro day

April 3, 2021

GBN staff thoughts on Sewell pro day … In the aftermath of Oregon OT Penei Sewell’s less than eye-popping pro day workout this week, we talked with GBN Chief Scout Larry Parker about what it all means. And his response was ‘don’t overthink it!’ According to Parker, Sewell is still the best OT prospect in this year’s draft; he’s certainly better than Rashawn Slater of Northwestern, although the latter may have better workout numbers. Sewell was easily the top OT in college football as a true sophomore in 2019, and almost assuredly would have been the first player at the position off the board in the 2020 draft if he had been draft eligible. In his 2 years at Oregon, Sewell only allowed Ducks’ QB Justin Herbert to be sacked 1 time in almost 700 pass blocking snaps, while only allowing 7 pressures in the 2019 season. He also has elite value as a run blocker, especially with his great strength and balance. Indeed, in 2019, he had the highest run-blocking grade – and the 3rd highest pass blocking grade – in college football that season. He has strong, fast hands to keep defenders at bay, and when he does get beaten initially, he recovers at a lightning quick pace like a man on a mission. Parker is still somewhat puzzled how Daniel Jeremiah, the NFL Network’s lead draft analyst, came to grade Slater higher than Sewell on his latest top 50 listing. However, it certainly wasn’t close at the end of the 2019 season, and since neither Sewell nor Slater played at all this season, nothing should have changed film-wise. We’ll see what the NFL thinks for sure on the 29th (now just 26 days away) so for now don’t overthink things guys!!