Denver Broncos 2021 prospect: Penei Sewell OT, Oregon
This one gets interesting. Oregon tackle Penei Sewell is well regarded as one of the best prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. If a few teams pass up on Sewell this year, then Denver will be put in a precarious spot of how fast they run to the podium.
Sewell is a very refined player and is a blue-chip prospect in every definition of the word. The Denver Broncos have to consider every situation that presents itself. The NFL Draft is an ultimate poker game. It was very different positions but no one expected Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb to be there at 15 in 2020. Denver thus had no wrong answer and chose Jeudy.
If it happens to where Sewell magically makes it to 9, then Denver needs to consider strongly the move of selecting him. Sewell fits seamlessly in the blocking scheme here. The athleticism for him is crazy good for a tackle.
Like Slater, there are questions regarding guard or tackle but given so much success at tackle, it would be best suited to put him at left or right. Since Bolles is locked up, welcome to the right side. Sewell has terrific hands and frames to where he fits both positions so well.
He is about as all-around a blocker as you will ever find at the position. Sewell is a road grader and physical presence in blocks. He plays mean and that is an identity Denver still needs.
As a blocker when you mix his intensity with nearly every player on the line for Denver he will fit in fine. Sewell is close to once in a generation. That generational term is thrown loosely lately with scouting reports but due to his overall potential, it’s easy to see why.
Maybe the only thing that could play in Denver’s favor is Sewell opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. We will see if that crystal ball comes true and Sewell falls to ninth pick.