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Penei Sewell Is Already Among Top Offensive Tackles in NFL

Penei Sewell is on the verge of becoming the best offensive lineman in the National Football League.
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Rookie right tackle Penei Sewell was among the Detroit Lions' top-three graded players on the offensive side of the football in Week 13, according to Pro Football Focus. 

In fact, since Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season, Sewell has been the second-highest graded offensive tackle in the league, as he has earned a 86.6 grade. 

In 259 pass-blocking snaps the last seven weeks, the 21-year-old rookie has only allowed one sack. 

"I think he’ll go over there and won’t miss a beat, me personally," Lions head coach Dan Campbell commented when Sewell moved back to right tackle upon Taylor Decker's return. "It’ll be a little odd, but I also know he’s got enough reps over there. And look, he’s a damn good athlete, and he’s a professional, man. He wants to win. He wants to win his reps. I think he’ll go over there and do just fine.”

His selection with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft can be viewed as a success for Detroit general manager Brad Holmes.

"Offensively, we came through when we needed to," Campbell told reporters on Monday via a Zoom conference. "We’ve got to start faster in both halves offensively. It takes us a minute to get going and once we do, we strike pretty good. But, then we lull again. But, I thought (Jared) Goff came out and drove us down the field, and our skill players showed up, plus the O-line protected him. So, good job.”

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