Walter Jones on former Duck Penei Sewell: ‘He’s got the hype’


Penei Sewell is one of the most talked about prospects heading into the 2021 NFL Draft.

The former Oregon Duck has been described as a “generational player” due to his raw athleticism and he’s unquestionably one of the best players in the draft.

As he prepares to take the next step in his career as a pro, one of the best left tackles to ever play in the NFL had a lot to say about Sewell and his potential in the league.

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On the Upon Further Review podcast with Zach Brook, Seahawks great and Hall of Famer Walter Jones talked about what he’s seen from the 2019 unanimous first-team All-American.

“I was watching ESPN the other day and I saw a mock draft and they put him up there,” Jones said. “I think I saw his Pro Day where he was running like a 5, 300 something pounds, and I think at this game, you need athletic lineman. I think the thing about it is he is very athletic, and you have to be that. You know the young people say he’s got swagger about him. I think when you get offensive lineman that have swag, they can be pretty successful in this league, but still understand their game.”


Sewell opted out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but his 2019 campaign speaks volumes. In only two seasons in Eugene, Oregon, the 6-foot-6, 325-pounder allowed just one sack in over 1,376 snaps. 

He became the first sophomore to take home the Outland Trophy in 2019 and was winner of the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12’s best lineman as voted on by the conference’s defensive lineman. 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 has been projected to be selected as high as No. 5 in Mel Kiper Jr's latest mock draft. Bengals fans are split over the idea of adding a talented receiver or offensive lineman to protect star QB Joe Burrow.

No matter where Sewell lands, Jones Jr. believes the right team will come for him.

“I wish nothing but success for this kid,” Jones said. “He’s got the hype, and it doesn’t matter whether it will transfer to the next level. All you can do right now is just watch, see how these guys perform and what teams they go to that’s going to actually get them to go out there and show their full potential.”