Penei Sewell's Arm Length Could be an Issue for Bengals, Other NFL Teams

This isn't good for Sewell's draft stock

CINCINNATI — Penei Sewell is working out at Oregon's Pro Day on Friday. 

Strength has never been an issue for the 20-year old. He did 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. 

He measured in at 6-foot-4, 331 pounds. Unfortunately, arm length could be an issue for Sewell. 

His arms are 33 1/4 inches long. NFL teams like their tackles to have 34-inch arms because it allows them to keep defensive ends away from their body. 

There are plenty of questions about Sewell's technique, but his strength and overall talent helped make up for those skills. His technique is going to have to improve a lot if he's going be a top tackle in the NFL. 

Current Bengals left tackle Jonah Williams' arms are 33 5/8 inches long and that caused him to fall to Cincinnati at 11th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

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Cincinnati sent head coach Zac Taylor, offensive line coach Frank Pollack and Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin to Oregon's Pro Day to watch Sewell. 

He still has the rest of his athletic testing to complete, but his arm length is going to be brought up for the remainder of the draft process. 

It doesn't mean Cincinnati won't take Sewell at No. 5, but it is a negative on his pre-draft evaluation. 

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