Round 1: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
With the second overall pick in the 2021 draft, the Redtails select Oregon, left tackle Penei Sewell. Without a quarterback need, for now, this is a no-brainer. For the second year in a row, Washington can add the best player in the draft. Sewell is an absolute beast at left tackle for the Ducks. He’s already put himself up there with the best offensive tackle prospects of all time.
Sewell is all that and more on film. Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 325 pounds, Sewell has prototypical size for an NFL left tackle. Sewell has all the athleticism you want in an offensive tackle. He’s agile and keeps good balance at all times. I like his ankle, and hip flexibility doesn’t show any signs of stiffness.
In pass protection, he shows excellent footwork and keeps good leverage. He gets vertical quickly with his kick slide and has no problem with stunts or inside counters. No one matches his anchor ability at the college level rushers have no chance when trying to drive him back. In the run game, he’s a monster, strong at the point of attack, has good leg drive, and can work the second level with ease.
Washington’s most significant need is offensive tackle. They have Cornelius Lucas, Morgan Moses, to start the season. After ranking in the bottom 7 in sacks in 2019, the Redtails need to protect Haskins. Sewell can step in and immediately transform the running and passing game for the Redtails.
Grade: Top three player
Comp: Laremy Tunsil