|No. 58 – Detroit Lions|
|Born:||October 9, 2000|
Malaeimi, American Samoa
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||331 lb (150 kg)|
|High school:||Desert Hills (St. George, Utah)|
|NFL Draft:||2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Penei Sewell (born October 9, 2000) is an American football offensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). A native of American Samoa, he and his family moved to Utah in 2012. He played college football for the Oregon Ducks, where he was named a unanimous All-American and was awarded the Outland and Morris trophies as a sophomore in 2019. Sewell opted out of his junior season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, where he was drafted seventh overall by the Lions.
Sewell was born on October 9, 2000, in Malaeimi, a village in American Samoa near the capital of Pago Pago. As a child, he would begin playing American football alongside his three brothers after his father Gabriel became a coach of the sport. Seeing the potential for his children to make it to the National Football League (NFL), Gabriel would move his family to St. George, Utah in 2012. There, Sewell attended and played football at Desert Hills High School. As a senior in 2018, he played in the US Army All-American and Polynesian Bowls before committing to the University of Oregon to play college football for the Oregon Ducks.
Sewell became an immediate starter during his freshman year for the Ducks in 2018, starting seven games but missing six due to a high ankle sprain. He returned in 2019 and won the Morris Trophy and Outland Trophy. In addition, he and former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa were selected as co-recipients of the 2019 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award. Sewell opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 4+7⁄8 in
|5.10 s||1.79 s||2.97 s||4.68 s||7.76 s||28.0 in
|9 ft 1 in
|All values from Pro Day|
Regarded as one of the best overall prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, Sewell was selected seventh overall by the Detroit Lions. He would sit out of the team's rookie minicamp in May 2021 after he tested positive for COVID-19. Sewell would sign his four-year rookie contract, worth $24.1 million, the same month.
Sewell has three brothers: Gabriel, Nephi, and Noah. Gabriel is a linebacker for the Nevada Wolfpack, Nephi is a linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, and Noah is a linebacker for Oregon. The brothers are nephews of former NFL players Isaac Sopoaga and Richard Brown.