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Draft Party: Sewell Leads Record Draft Group

May 3, 2021

It was one of the more intriguing drafts in recent memory. When things got started there was a lot of debate about which quarterbacks would be drafted after Trevor Lawrence, how many and ultimately, where that would leave Penei Sewell. 

While he waited a bit longer than some expected, it wasn’t much. Penei Sewell heard his name called at No. 7 when the Detroit Lions made their pick. Last year Oregon saw quarterback Justin Herbert come off the board at No. 6 to the Chargers giving them back to back top ten picks.

Could they go for the tri-fecta next year with Kayvon Thibodeaux should he enter the NFL draft? It would appear it’s entirely possible.

By now you have likely read about which players were drafted where. Possibly not. But in any event I’ll recap that here with my thoughts on each one and the situation they enter. 

Round 1: Pick 7 - Penei Sewell to the Detroit Lions 

First Year Potential: Starter

Here’s the deal, Penei Sewell is going to have an amazing NFL career. I think many of us, myself included, see him as a pretty special player capable of making his mark in the record books. 

Now that said, he might have been drafted into one of the worst situations in the league. The Lions have really struggled on offense and just watche Matt Stafford leave town. Whether you’re a Stafford fan or not, he’s still an upgrade over the current situation. They also seem to be good at running back not great. 

I suppose it’s not my favorite choice but I’m sure the Sewell family is plenty happy and perhaps the organization will make some moves and turn things around. 

Round 2: Pick 4 - Jevon Holland to the Miami Dolphins

First Year Potential: Starter

The guys at gave the Dolphins an A+ draft grade overall. One of the reasons they noted that grade was due to the drafting of Jevon Holland. A guy they felt was drafted in a great spot, early in the second round with late first round potential. But they noted the use of him similar to the role of Minkah Fitzpatrick. Sometimes at safety, sometimes at the nickel. 

Personally it seems like the Fins are really a team putting together a really strong roster and I think Holland is going to have a chance to shine in that defense. 

Round 5: Pick 28 - Deommodore Lenoir to the San Francisco 49ers

First Year Potential: Backup/2nd Stringer

Lenoir will join former USC safety Talanoa Hufanga in the Bay area. Hufanga was taken a round later than Lenoir. It sounds like the 9ers need help at corner in a big way so Lenoir is walking into a relatively decent situation for himself. 

There is concerns about his top end speed thus him lasting deep into round five. Whether justified or not, most think he could be helpful limiting explosive plays with his tendency to play deep and keep things in front of him. 

Round 6: Pick 31 - Brady Breeze to the Tennessee Titans

First Year Potential: Backup/2nd String/Special Teams

It sounds like most assume Breeze was taken to be a special teams contributor at the very least. The Titans saw some fall off defensively last year and it was clear from the draft and free agency they wanted to improve in that area. Breeze is a hard worker and that should play well with head coach Mike Vrabel. 

Round 6: Pick 44 - Thomas Graham to the Chicago Bears

First Year Potential: Backup/Situational Defender/Special Teams

Graham was a compensatory pick for the Bears in the draft. I've read the franchise really wants to find a slot defender and feels Graham fills that need. He's exceptional in the run game as well so I think he provides some value there. 

Graham will have his work cut out for him but with the needs the Bears have he might carve out a nice little role with the team. 

Undrafted Free Agent: Hunter Kampoyer to the Los Angeles Chargers

Kamp gets to reunite with former Duck Justin Herbert. The Chargers do love to use their tight ends and while Kampmoyer was known as a blocking end early on, he finished his year with a pretty good catch ratio. Likely what helped him get on an NFL roster in the end.

Undrafted Free Agent: Jordon Scott to the Minnesota Vikings

I'm happy to see Scott join former teammate Troy Dye in Minnesota. It sounds like the Vikings are a bit thin at defensive tackle so Scott should have a chance to stay on the roster. He battled his weight coming out of high school but seems to have managed it better in college. 

Undrafted Free Agent: Austin Faoliu to the Dallas Cowboys

Faoliu might be walking into one of the toughest situations from the group. It's clear they prioritized the defensive line in this class and all those guys still have to beat out the returners. It won't be easy for Faoliu but I feel like injuries plagued his career a bit. If he can stay healthy he might be a setal down the road. 



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