2021 NFL Draft: breaking down the top three offensive tackles
Penei Sewell, Oregon
Penei Sewell has been the top-ranked tackle for over a year now and it is for good reason. He has been ranked as one of the best prospects in the draft overall and that includes the impressive quarterbacks in this crop of prospects. That really says something about Sewell as he will be one of the best left tackles in the NFL for the coming years. He protected Justin Herbert during their time playing together at Oregon and many believe he will go in the top five picks. That is a fair estimation as many teams are looking for good tackles and the Bengals will surely scoop him up if he falls to number five. The biggest issue for the Bengals is he might not be there when the selection happens as teams could try to jump them or just choose him before that pick.
Many people are curious how the quarterbacks will go in the draft but do not forget about Sewell as he is a dominant player at his position that can be a plug-and-play prospect on day one. Allowing him to play and probably be the starter for a team now and into the distant future is a reasonable projection. He is best at pass-protecting as he might need some work when it comes to his run-blocking but that is ok. He has all the intangibles to be a future Pro Bowler and maybe more.
It will be an interesting draft class for these offensive tackles. It seems that these top three will probably go in the top 15 when the first round begins.