Penei Sewell to join Tyrell Crosby on the Detroit Lions offensive line


When the Detroit Lions selected Penei Sewell seventh-overall in the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday night in Cleveland, Oregon Ducks fans rejoiced.

Not only were they ecstatic for the 2019 Outland Trophy Winner to find his NFL home, but the selection meant not one, but two Pro Ducks would be taking the field for the Lions offensive line.

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That’s right, Oregon has two back-to-back starting left tackles suiting up for Detroit.

Crosby is pumped, obviously.  

Sewell, the 2019 Morris Trophy winner, will take the field with Tyrell Crosby, the 2017 Morris Trophy winner, and a former Oregon Duck. Detroit took Crosby in the fifth-round of the 2018 draft and Sewell came into replace Crosby in Oregon’s starting lineup that season as a true freshman.

“Losing a guy like Tyrell (Crosby) is tough, but we think we found another guy at left tackle,” then QB Justin Herbert said of Sewell.


It’s safe to say Herbie was right. In two seasons at Oregon, Sewell allowed just one sack in over 1,376 snaps. He became the first sophomore to win the Outland Trophy in 2019 and also took home the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12’s best lineman the same season. His 20 career starts at left tackle ended in the Rose Bowl, when Oregon edged Wisconsin 28-27 and finished the year 12-2.

Sewell opted out of play in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and set his sights on the NFL by declaring for the draft. Now, he can carve a role among the NFL’s elite and he’ll have another Duck by his side as he navigates his rookie year.

Sewell is up for the challenge.