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NFL Draft Preview: Penei Sewell and Jevon Holland

April 9, 2021

Oregon’s Pro Day took place April 2, as 10 former Ducks worked out in front of numerous NFL scouts and general managers.

Following in the footsteps of Justin Herbert, the eventual NFL rookie of the year, Oregon players are poised to see who is taken April 29 to May 1.

These are the guys I see being taken in the first two rounds and their ideal fits. We'll look at the rest of the Oregon prospects in Parts 2 and 3.

Penei Sewell

Sewell is the draft's consensus OT1, meaning there are multiple spots where he could end up.

With the top three picks expected to be quarterbacks,  Sewell could go anywhere from Pick 4 to Pick 7.

Sewell certainly won’t fall out of the top 10, of that I’m sure.

The ideal landing spot for Duck fans would be as a Los Angeles Charger, once again protecting Justin Herbert's blind side. Right now, I think the Chargers are on the outside looking in.

The Chargers hold Pick 13. And unless they trade up with someone like the Lions at seven and Cincinnati and Miami both take receivers, L.A. will be looking for the next-best offensive lineman.

As it stands now, I think Sewell ends up being taken sixth by Miami, where he would protect Tua Tagovailoa. My reasoning for is this.

The No. 5 Bengals will reunite Joe Burrow with LSU teammate Ja'marr Chase, adding another weapon to their already potent offense. And Miami will be content with its star tight end, Mike Gesicki.

Jevon Holland

Holland is a fringe first-rounder who could well be a steal for teams in the middle of the second round.

Holland's versatility will be attractive to a lot of teams. His skill set compares to Tyrann Mathieu's; he can fill a big hole in any defense.

I think the perfect fit for Holland's versatility is the reigning Super Bowl champs. Could be go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the end of the first round?

In the past two years, the Bucs have taken a total of four defensive backs, all in the second and third rounds. Tampa DC Todd Bowles, a former safety, surely knows that Holland is one of the best at that position.

While not as ideal as being taken by the champs, another realistic landing spot would be the Atlanta Falcons, which holds the third pick on Round 2. They need a lot of help, especially in the secondary, and Holland could be an instant playmaker.

The Falcons lost Keanu Neal you the Dallas Cowboys, and that is a large hole to fill. Holland could provide the leadership that the Falcons desperately need.

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