Former Duck Penei Sewell ‘can’t wait to run through somebody’ with Lions


Just days after Penei Sewell was taken No. 7 overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2021 NFL Draft, the former Ducks standout can’t wait to get to work.

On Monday, the Lions shared a behind-the-scenes video of Sewell’s arrival in Detroit, and it already feels like home sweet home.  

“When I came in, I thought the NFL was all the same and it’s a business aspect,” Sewell said, “But man I was totally wrong. I came in, a family atmosphere. Everybody welcoming with open arms. They were really greeting me with all love.”

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From the moment the 2019 Outland Trophy winner stepped off the plane in Detroit, he was greeted with hugs and handshakes as he walked into the Lions locker room and held his jersey for the first time.

“I’m literally living my dream right now. I’m walking in the dream right now,” Sewell said. 


The next time I get to step in the field of play, I’m going to make the most of it. I’m coming out with a purpose.

- Penei Sewell

Sewell, who was described by Mario Cristobal as a once-in-a-generation player, allowed just one sack combined in two seasons (2018 and 2019) in 1,376 snaps. For his efforts, the physical offensive tackle earned Associated Press Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2019. Sewell opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but at just 20 years old, he hasn’t even scratched the surface on his potential.

After a year away from the gridiron as he prepped for his career as a pro, Sewell can’t wait to suit up for the Lions and let it all loose.

“I can’t wait to put the helmet on, the pads on, and run through somebody.”

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