Round 1, Pick 8: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
With the eighth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers selected the generational offensive tackle out of The University of Oregon in Penei Sewell. Sewell was the starting left tackle for the Oregon Ducks before opting out of the 2020 season to prepare for the draft due to the coronavirus delaying the start of the PAC-12 season. Sewell was a unanimous All American in 2019 and also won the Outland award as well as the Morris trophy honoring him as the best offensive lineman in all of college football at just the age of 19.
Sewell has commonly been referred to as a generational talent or a can’t miss prospect and projects as a left tackle at the next level and that makes him arguably the most highly coveted prospect in the entire draft outside of the quarterback position. Sewell is tremendous as a blocker in the run game and that would be perfect for the face of the franchise in running back Christian McCaffrey while also providing Sam Darnold a left tackle to protect his blindside.
Checking in at roughly 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, Sewell has great size and is ready to start for a franchise from day one. Sewell plays with excellent length, mobility, great hands, and is a guy that plays aggressively on every play with a tireless motor. While Sewell will likely be a franchise left tackle for most of his career he could easily slide inside and play guard for a ball team. Landing Sewell at the eighth overall slot would be nothing short of a steal for the Carolina Panthers front office.