The Bengals hold the fifth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They have the option to pick a big chunk for their future franchise.
Oregon tackle Penei Sewell will likely be the top player on the Bengals board and an easy pick when available.
Sewell was seen by many as a generation talent in the offensive tackle position and quickly secured the left tackle spot in Oregon. He became an All-American and received multiple awards with the Ducks in just two seasons.
Sewell didn’t allow a sack in all 13 games during his sophomore campaign. He went nine games without pressure. He was probably the most dominant offensive lineman in college football.
He left the 2020 season and was preparing for the NFL Draft.
While arguments for Rashawn Slater and Christian Darrisaw could be made, Sewell appears to be the best offensive lineman on the draft. Based on this quarterback class, there is a chance teams that pick ahead of the Bengals could pass Sewell on, which could clear the way for the Star Offensive lineman to fall to Cincinnati. With the Bengals on the clock and Sewell available, he should definitely be the choice.
Measurable: 6-6,330 pounds
Strengthen: Sewell has good athleticism, strength, speed and soccer IQ. Physically he is very dominant as a run blocker and a pass blocker. He does a great job of holding his own against defenders and rarely loses his balance or gets moved. Sewell quickly finds work against stunts and lightning and takes care of the next defender. Some of his most impressive snaps show how well he moves for an offensive lineman.
Weaknesses: It’s hard to find weaknesses in Sewell’s game. Sometimes his hand placement can cause him problems, but even that rarely happens. Of course, some parts of his game are better than others, but there isn’t anything in particular to struggle with.
Rejection is negative, of course, but he’s only 20 years old and has plenty of time to develop.
Overall, Sewell to the Bengals seems like a match made in heaven. Cincinnati needs new offensive linemen to protect Joe Burrow. A player like Sewell could be a dream scenario for the Bengals. After hiring Frank Pollack, the organization should turn to a free agency to add a veteran like Joe Thuney. If they do that and take Sewell by fifth choice, the Bengals should do a lot better in the trenches next season.
Prospect Grade: 9.4 / 10
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