Detroit Lions pick Penei Sewell; ESPN's Booger McFarland: 'We shouldn't be surprised'

Brandon Folsom
Special to Detroit Free Press
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Here's what the ESPN NFL draft analysts said after the Detroit Lions selected Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell with the seventh overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

Mel Kiper Jr.

"I thought with another year he could have been in that Ogden, Pace, Boselli category. In 2019, no sacks allowed and only two hits on the quarterbacks. In 2018 as a true freshman, no penalties, but he did have an injury, a high ankle sprain where he missed six football games. His hand placement could use some tweaking. His approach could improve as a pass blocker. Another year at Oregon would have cemented him as a guaranteed top 3-5 pick. The fact that he was there at 7, Carolina, you’ve got to believe, is a little disappointed. … Penei Sewell, great to see him go in the top 10. The best is yet to come once he gets more experience."

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Booger McFarland

"We shouldn’t be surprised by this pick. Dan Campbell said he wanted to bite knees, bite toes and knock of elbows and all of that. So this pick, from a physicality standpoint, is what they want to do. When I was talking to different scouts and coaches, they said simply if you could count on one guy being a Hall of Famer (from this draft class), it’d be Sewell. The Lions get a potential Hall of Famer with this pick and can bolster their offensive line.

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