Watch: Offensive Linesman Penei Sewell Talks About His Road to the 2021 NFL Draft

Published 04/17/2021, 4:48 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 02: Oregon Ducks offensive line Penei Sewell (58) looks on before a college football game between the Oregon Ducks and the USC Trojans on November 2, 2019, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Offensive linesmen are one of the most crucial cogs of an NFL franchise. That was well documented during the Kansas City Chiefs’ defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. In fact, that’s also exactly why an offensive linesman like Penei Sewell is in high demand.

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Regarded as the best offensive linesman in the upcoming draft class, Oregon’s 6’6″, 330-pound left tackle is a specimen to behold. Despite his size, Sewell is blessed with incredible athleticism.

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Agile and quick to respond to pass rushers, Sewell is a sure-shot top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL draft. The road to the NFL, though, hasn’t been an easy ride for Sewell.

Overcoming various challenges, the offensive tackle recently talked about his road to the NFL Draft 2021.

Penei Sewell rearing to go in the NFL

During a chat with NFL Network, Penei Sewell talked about the work he’s ready to put in to achieve his dreams in the NFL.

“Reminding myself of where I came from gives me a whole different motivation and drive to make this dream possible.”

Born in the village of Malaeimi in American Samoa, Sewell said that his humble beginning pushed him on to succeed.

“There was 12 of us living in a one bedroom, one bathroom house. And my siblings and I being so little at the time, the energy was through the roof. So you can imagine mom and dad running around and trying to keep us in order,” he said.

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It just shaped me into the person that I am today. Reminding myself of where I came from gives me a whole different motivation and drive to make this dream possible,” he added.

With the Orgeon Ducks, Sewell started off as a day one starter at the left tackle position. But it was in 2019 that the O-linesman really started drawing attention.

Sewell played 13 games and allowed zero sacks. Named a unanimous first-team All-American, the offensive tackle also won the Outland Trophy – an award given to the best college football interior linesman in the US.

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PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Oregon Ducks (58) Penei Sewell (OL) looks on before the Rose Bowl game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Oregon Ducks on January 1, 2020 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

All this in his sophomore year, though, Sewell decided to sit out the 2020 season amid concerns regarding COIVD-19 and focused on preparing himself for the upcoming draft instead.

Given the player’s stature, sitting out the season has done little to impact his draft stock. Which side do you think would be a good fit for Penei Sewell?

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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