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Lions draft OT Penei Sewell with No. 7 pick

Oregon OT Penei Sewell goes to the Lions with the No. 7 pick in the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

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It’s a general consensus among the NFL media, scouts and coaches alike that Oregon Ducks offensive tackle Penei Sewell is the best offensive line prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft, and now he’ll add a dominating presence up front for the Detroit Lions after they selected him No. 7 overall

The 6-foot-5 mountain of a man came into Division I college football and earned a starting job immediately. He started every game of his career, except for a few during his freshman year after sustaining an injury. He was the first freshman offensive lineman to start for the Ducks in over 20 years. in 2019, his sophomore campaign, he started all 12 games and earned all-American honors and was also the first sophomore ever to win the Outland Trophy. He opted out for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.

Scouting Report

Sewell has proven himself through two seasons of college football and has shown he possesses elite foot speed and burst off the line. His wide frame will make it a challenge for even the fastest of NFL defenders to try and get the edge on him and is expected to be a plug-and-play type of guy when his rookie season starts.

He’s very quick off the snap, allowing Sewell to get in front of a defensive lineman who is rushing the QB or on a run play that quickness can catch the defender off guard with his strength and overpowering force at times. He’s also just 20 years old and should be able to develop a lot more once he gets into an NFL system and has pro coaching at his disposal on a daily basis.

Fantasy football impact

He obviously won’t be scoring any fantasy points for your team, but he will make it a whole lot easier for his teammates to rack up big numbers. Sewell’s presence in the Lions starting lineup will allow QB Jared Goff more time to find his receivers. It’ll also afford Lions running backs D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams much bigger holes to run through.