Sonny & Cher.
Jordan & Pippen.
Herbert & Sewell?
We posted a photo earlier this NFL season after Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert was continually facing pressure from an opposing defensive line.
It basically means Herbert needs time in the pocket and one left tackle that can get the job done is his former Oregon football teammate Penei Sewell.
For reference, in 12 games, Herbert has been sacked 26 times.
To date, if there's one positive note people can take away from a frustrating 4-9 regular season and being eliminated from the playoffs, it's that Herbert is the real deal.
The No. 6 overall draft pick leads leads the field as for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, has a chance to break Baker Mayfield’s total passing touchdown record, has thrown for 3,467 total yards (6.9 yards per pass), 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
And Herbert is putting up those numbers with consistent pressure in his face.
According to Pro Football Focus, Herbert is pressured on 27.4% of drop backs, has been hurried 91 times, hit 40 times while passing and scrambled from the pocket 22 times.
With the numbers he’s already put up this season, just imagine the Chargers offense when he actually has time to read the defense and go through progressions... HE NEEDS HELP!!!
That’s when Penei Sewell comes into the picture.
The 6’6”, 325-pound two-year starter at left tackle was absolutely stellar in his collegiate career at Oregon. In those two years, Sewell allowed just one sack on Herbert, joined LaMichael James (2010) and Marcus Mariota (2014) as the only Oregon players to be unanimous first-team All-Americans, was named the Outland Trophy winner for the best interior lineman, and finished sophomore campaign as the top-graded offensive lineman in PFF history (since 2014).
Sewell, likely to be the first lineman taken off the big board in the 2021 NFL Draft, decided to opt out of this 2020 shortened Pac-12 football season and officially declare for the Draft.
With the 2021 NFL Draft order beginning to take shape, the Los Angeles Chargers should have a selection within the top-5, likely the No. 4 overall pick.
Several mock drafts have the New York Jets taking Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars taking Ohio State QB Justin Fields at No. 1 and No. 2 overall, but then things get interesting.
The Cincinnati Bengals will likely have the No. 3 overall pick and could select Sewell to help protect quarterback Joe Burrow; however, Bengals’ 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams (offensive tackle from Alabama) is back healthy after he missed his entire rookie season due to a left shoulder injury. Williams could also flip to the right side of the line and Sewell could be selected for that left tackle spot.
Joe Burrow could rest easy at night.
But if the Bengals decided not to select Sewell, the Chargers would be absolutely insane not to select him.
Just imagine Herbert and Sewell back together again…