Penei Sewell
No. 58 – Detroit Lions
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (2000-10-09) October 9, 2000 (age 21)
Malaeimi, American Samoa
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:331 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school:Desert Hills (St. George, Utah)
College:Oregon (2018–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:16
Games started:16
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.

Early life and college

Sewell was born on October 9, 2000, in Malaeimi, a village in American Samoa near the capital of Pago Pago.[1] As a child, he would begin playing American football alongside his three brothers after his father Gabriel became a coach of the sport.[2] 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.[2][3][4] There, Sewell attended and played football at Desert Hills High School.[2] 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.[5][6][7]

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.[8][9] He returned in 2019 and won the Morris Trophy and Outland Trophy.[10][11] 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.[12] Sewell opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.[13]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
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+78 in
(1.95 m)
331 lb
(150 kg)
33+14 in
(0.84 m)
10+38 in
(0.26 m)
5.10 s 1.79 s 2.97 s 4.68 s 7.76 s 28.0 in
(0.71 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
30 reps
All values from Pro Day[14]

Regarded as one of the best overall prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, Sewell was selected seventh overall by the Detroit Lions.[15] He would sit out of the team's rookie minicamp in May 2021 after he tested positive for COVID-19.[16] Sewell would sign his four-year rookie contract, worth $24.1 million, the same month.[17]

Personal life

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.[18][19] The brothers are nephews of former NFL players Isaac Sopoaga and Richard Brown.[20]

References

  1. ^ Vondersmith, Jason. "Sewell's star shines brightly". Portland Tribune. Pamplin Media Group. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Hummer, Chris. "Oregon's star tackle Penei Sewell was raised to do this". 247Sports.com. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Monson: Desert Hills' Penei Sewell a man-child chased by Utah, BYU, USU and many, many others (with video)". The Salt Lake Tribune.
  4. ^ "Desert Hills star Penei Sewell has a big decision to make about his next football family". The Salt Lake Tribune.
  5. ^ "Four-star Utah OT Penei Sewell gets emotional when receiving U.S. Army All-American jersey while out injured". November 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "2018 Game Highlights". polynesianbowl.com. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  7. ^ "Oregon Ducks land Penei Sewell, the nation's No. 2 OG". oregonlive. February 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Alger, Tyson. "Just a freshman, Penei Sewell already is a big man on campus...". The Athletic.
  9. ^ Mims, Steve. "Penei Sewell works to resume his spot at left tackle in Redbox Bowl for Oregon Ducks football". Duck Sports.
  10. ^ "Bradlee Anae, Penei Sewell Receive Morris Trophy". KSL Sports. December 7, 2019.
  11. ^ Oregonian/OregonLive, James Crepea | The (December 13, 2019). "Oregon Ducks OL Penei Sewell wins Outland Trophy". oregonlive.
  12. ^ "Sewell, Tagovailoa Share Polynesian CFB Player of the Year Award". 247Sports. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Goodbread, Chase. "Oregon's Penei Sewell opts out of college season, intends to enter 2021 NFL Draft". NFL.com. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  14. ^ "Penei Sewell, Oregon, OT, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  15. ^ Rogers, Justin. "'A cornerstone player': Lions fortify O-line, select Oregon's Penei Sewell with No. 7 pick". The Detroit News. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  16. ^ Rogers, Justin. "Lions' first-round pick Penei Sewell tests positive for COVID-19". The Detroit News. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  17. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Lions, Penei Sewell agree to terms on four-year, $24.1 million rookie contract". NFL.com. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  18. ^ Nemec, Andrew (November 23, 2019). "Noah Sewell, 5-star linebacker, commits to Oregon Ducks". OregonLive. The Oregonian. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  19. ^ Ireland, Kyle (April 30, 2022). "Utah LB Nephi Sewell Signs Undrafted Free Agent Deal With New Orleans Saints". KSL Sports. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  20. ^ Davenport, Richard (July 3, 2017). "Hogs hoping for return visit from offensive lineman Penei Sewell". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.