Lions Use No. 7 Draft Pick on Penei Sewell

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ALLEN PARK, April 30, 2021 ~ Thursday evening, the Detroit Lions used their number seven overall draft pick to select Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell.

We just couldn’t be any more jacked about landing Penei and how it all unfolded,” said General Manager Brad Holmes Friday morning. “Couldn’t be more excited. He’s going to be a core piece for what we’re doing going forward.”

Many were expecting the Lions to rebuild their defense, and according to their statistics they absolutely need to. However, the 20-year old OT has the stats to back up his entry.

April 30, 2021 ~ Tim Twentyman, beat writer for, talks with Chris Renwick about the Lions selecting Penei Sewell in the 1st round of the draft.

Sewell was the first-ever sophomore to win the Outland Trophy as number one offensive lineman in the nation. ProFocusFootball ranked him number one player in the country, and gave him their highest grade ever for an offensive lineman.

In 1,376 snaps during his career with the Oregon Ducks, he allowed only one sack.

I’m bringing that mindset and joining that culture and joining the team with that mindset of being ready to run through anybody,” Sewell said. “I’m willing to come in each and every day and put on the pads and get underneath someone’s chin and make them feel uncomfortable.”