4 Dec 2020

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Analytical Case Files: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Welcome to a new edition to the Analytical Case Files where we go ahead and take a look at and discuss Penei Sewell of the Oregon Ducks! Come on and enjoy the fun!

Ladies & Gentlemen! Fans of all ages! Us here at DraftRite bring you a new edition of the ACF. I know it’s been about alittle over 2 weeks since we last gave you one of these but never fear it’s back at it, and ready to feature the down right fast, technical, and powerful Left Tackle out of the Oregon Duck’s elusive offense. That’s right we’re talking about, the one, the only, the man himself. PENEI SEWELL!

Yes, you read that last part right, Penei Sewell is our topic of tonight for the Analytical Case Files and let me tell you he’s no joke. He’ll be taking you to pancake city if they’re on the run, and ready to keep you from taking down his QB if you try to come after him. Right before I get into the basics & notable facts, and let me tell you he was consistently good between both films that I’ve seen(vs Cal & vs Wisconsin). Now let’s go onto the basics courtesy of Oregon Ducks Athletics website.

  • H&W: 6’6″/ 330lbs
  • Class: Junior
  • Hometown: Malaeimi, American Samoa
  • Class: Desert Hills HS (Utah)
  • First Polynesian, first sophomore offensive lineman and first Duck to win the Outland Trophy.
  • Joined LaMichael James (2010) and Marcus Mariota (2014) as the only Oregon players to be unanimous first-team All-Americans.
  • Finished sophomore campaign as the top-graded offensive lineman in PFF history (since 2014).
  • Oregon is 17-3 over the last two seasons when he’s in the starting lineup.
  • Has allowed just one sack over 1,376 snaps the last two seasons.
  • Sophomore year:
    • Made it as a multiple All-American listing including ESPN, CBS Sports, AP, PFF, Walter Camp, and more.
    • Finished the season as the Top-Rated Offensive Lineman in the nation.
    • PFF Ratings:
      • 95.5 Overall, Run Blocking 95.3, Pass Blocking 91.1.
  • Freshman Year:
    • USA Today Freshman All-American.
    • 247Sports True Freshman All-America team
    • Coaches Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention
    • No. 2 Offensive Lineman in the PAC-12 & No. 7 in the nation.
      • PFF grade of 84.0
    • First offensive lineman in Oregon history to earn all-conference honors as a true freshman.
    • First offensive lineman in Oregon history to earn all-conference honors as a true freshman
  • Coming out of HS:
    • Rated the No. 1 prospect in the state of Utah according to ESPN, Rivals, & 247Sports
    • Rivals: No. 60 Overall, No. 5 Offensive Tackle
    • ESPN300: No. 129 Overall, No. 6 Guard
    • 247 Sports: NO. 53 Overall, No. 2 Guard
    • Chose Oregon over 22+ schools!

Since we have all the basics & notes out of the woods, let’s quickly go over the fact that there isn’t really any raw stats due to the fact that he is an Offensive Lineman and like my previous OL articles, we just jumped right into the Construction & Praise. Wait! He does have a 1 rushing yard vs Utah, 1 tackle vs Southern California, and in ’18 vs San Jose St. Now let’s hope that helps with the Raw stats side of things.

Moving on to the construction side of things. With this I’m going to be completely honest, when watching the film there wasn’t to much for an entry level fan & analyst to pick out of outside of being nit picky. If we want to get nit picky, so let’s give it a little bit of a shot. Also note with doing this it was only in a few plays. When watching the game against California, right off the bat you could notice in the first half that he was going little too fast and either couldn’t stay on his block or couldn’t get his hand placement where it needed to be especially in the second/third levels but when you get to later on in the game you see that this has been corrected because of great coaching, skills, and thought process.

Let’s go ahead and move onto the praise side of this piece, because like we discussed in the previous paragraph there wasn’t much to constructively criticize. We all know Oregon has a track record of putting together an explosive, fast, technical, overall well skilled offense and that includes offensive linemen. Penei Sewell is the perfect Left Tackle not only for their scheme but any team that knows how to utilize and coach up players like him. He’s everything an NFL coach could ask for in an offensive tackle. Reason being that he has the right stance, exceptional footwork, quick adjustments, and great hand placement. This is extremely clear in the film when you go to watch him play. If you don’t believe me then go watch it for yourself. Also I want to reiterate the fact that this kid is going to go far in the season coming up, and if he proceeds to the next level then he could be the next Ronnie Stanley, Andrew Whitworth, or Joe Staley after proving that he can compete in the NFL.

Now that we have everything all listed and wrapped up, I think we can go ahead and call this a cased closed on the fact that our guy here can definitely compete and make a name for himself while leading his team to victory. If anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns about this article or even just to discuss any players we’ve previously talked about then just DM me on twitter(@BTMeyers_), Facebook, or etc. Till the next time I hope everyone has a great rest of their day or night and stay tuned for the next great DraftRite article from anyone of us!

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