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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Select OT Penei Sewell at No. 5

After a run on offensive tackles last year, the first one comes off the board at No. 5 here.

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With the 5th pick of the 2021 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select...

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The selection and write-up were made by GrandAdmiralThrawn0905:

The Bengals are siting at five and is generally viewed as the first or second team to pick the first non QB player. This draft offers the Bengals some interesting options. Naturally, a team picking so high is the result of the season not going well. In the Bengals case it was a combination of picking first overall the year prior and having that same player that went number one overall getting a season ending injury. What brings this to the extra level of pain is the Bengals fanbase had dealt with a similar story before. Carson Palmer was also a number one overall pick and had numerous injuries that dealt the Bengals that limited the success of the franchise in key moments. Recently we also saw a generational quarterback prospect Andrew Luck whose career was cut short by injuries and having to retire early.

The main goal for Cincinnati entering the offseason was to significantly upgrade the offensive line and make sure what happened to Joe Burrow in 2020 the season-ending injury never occurs again. Burrow was hit more than any quarterback in the league before he was injured, and he was sacked 32 times in 10 games. Upgrading his protection was a clear priority, and they made a move to do it by signing Riley Reiff in free agency. Reiff quickly said he will be playing right tackle though. In the 2020 season, Left Tackle Jonah Williams started 10 games for the Bengals. Prior for that he had a season ending injury during his rookie season. His limited sample size of ten games is not a lot to go off, but I would not pass on a blue-chip Left Tackle prospect.

Thus, with the fifth overall draft pick the Bengals select Penei Sewell.

Luckily for the Bengals the fit and need match up nicely, but there is more to it. Sewell is viewed by most as the best lineman and one of the best athletes in the 2021 class. Sewell opted out of the 2020 season, but he did not allow a single sack in 926 pass attempts during the 2019 season and won the 2019 Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s best interior lineman.

The purpose of an offensive tackle, particularly one that plays on the left side, is to protect the quarterback. Penei Sewell did not give up a single sack in any of his games and the tape I did watch he did not allow many pressures either. He does a great job of moving his feet and anchoring in to get his body in front of defensive linemen. Sewell has a huge frame, quick feet and strong hands. He has the foot quickness to kick out and cover up speed rushers in the passing game. He is just so big that once he gets his arms and hands locked in on you, it is a wrap. You will rarely see an offensive lineman in college be a high-level blocker against the bull rush and the speed guys, but Sewell is an all-around beast. There are really a few knocks on him. He only has one year of college prospect and he did not really face off against star pass rushers which are really more happen stance than actual faults.

Pokorny: “I loved Joe Burrow’s potential last season, but I could see early on that he was going to get killed at some point behind that offensive line. They need to start somewhere for the upgrade, so taking Sewell at No. 5 is the right approach.”

The Miami Dolphins are up next, led by realmccoy.

2021 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Jacksonville Jaguars Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. QB Trevor Lawrence
2 New York Jets fjblessi QB Zach Wilson
3 San Francisco 49ers TheDawgsPodcast QB Justin Fields
4 Atlanta Falcons yman1020 TE Kyle Pitts
5 Cincinnati Bengals GrandAdmiralThrawn0905 OT Penei Sewell
6 Miami Dolphins realmccoy WR Ja'Marr Chase
7 Detroit Lions xfl2001fan OT Rashawn Slater
8 Carolina Panthers Adam Rice CB Patrick Surtain II
9 Denver Broncos poultman QB Trey Lance
10 Dallas Cowboys StefanKnee LB Micah Parsons
11 New York Giants Barry Shuck WR DeVonta Smith
12 Philadelphia Eagles Big Cosmic News CB Jaycee Horn
13 Los Angeles Chargers Danielgarrett OT Christian Darrisaw
14 Minnesota Vikings eauclairefan DE/OLB Kwitty Paye
15 New England Patriots Bo154033 WR Jaylen Waddle
16 Arizona Cardinals brianberniebaker CB Caleb Farley
17 Las Vegas Raiders Crawford_T OT Teven Jenkins
18 Miami Dolphins Mudville LB Zaven Collins
19 Washington Football Team ScooterDMD QB Mac Jones
20 Chicago Bears wahoo7 OG Alijah Vera-Tucker
21 Indianapolis Colts yoderdame OT Samuel Cosmi
22 Tennessee Titans BrianB77 CB Asante Samuel Jr
23 New York Jets carrettbagel88 DE Jaelan Phillips
24 Pittsburgh Steelers Mean Ol' Pete RB Najee Harris
25 Jacksonville Jaguars Topanga Jeff DT Christian Barmore
26 Cleveland Browns tmartin5785 LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
27 Baltimore Ravens TheCrackpot DE/OLB Azeez Ojulari
28 New Orleans Saints TheCannonGoesBOOM CB Greg Newsome II
29 Green Bay Packers OCMiami WR Kadarius Toney
30 Buffalo Bills BelieveInCleve DE Jayson Oweh
31 Baltimore Ravens Robo Dawg OT Jalen Mayfield
32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Midnite Moses RB Travis Etienne
59 Cleveland Browns ProfessorBrowns CB Kelvin Joseph
89 Cleveland Browns Slaytanic Brownie DT Tommy Togiai
91 Cleveland Browns Swagnasty DE Payton Turner