NFL writer lists Penei Sewell as potential first-time Pro Bowler

The Detroit Lions selected Oregon OL Penei Sewell with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Sewell arrives in Detroit already highly acclaimed, having earned the honors of Freshman All-American, Unanimous All-American, and winning the 2019 Outland Trophy award as the best FBS lineman.

And according to one noted NFL analyst, Sewell could have a big first year in the NFL. Marc Sessler listed one player from each NFL franchise with the potential to earn Pro Bowl honors, and he listed the Detroit rookie offensive lineman in that category.

He writes:

“If you’re Detroit, you’d like Sewell to mimic the first season of future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas, who starred at tackle from wire to wire in 2007 and waltzed directly into the Pro Bowl. Preparation will be key as Sewell is being asked to switch from left to right tackle after opting out of his final season at Oregon. So far, so good, though, with Lions guard Jonah Jackson saying in June: “They say he’s a 20-year-old, but he acts like a grown man with how he handles himself. … You see why he was the No. 7 overall pick.”

“By comparison, at age 20, I was softly released from a summer house-painting gig after spilling a bucket of white paint all over somebody’s precious roof.”

Could Sewell burst onto the scene in such a way in 2021 that he earns a Pro Bowl selection in his rookie season?

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