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Penei Sewell Plummets in Mel Kiper Big Board Prospect Rankings

By David Hayes
Oregon Ducks offensive tackle Penei Sewell's NFL Draft stock has fallen in Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest 2021 Mock NFL Draft Big Board.
Oregon Ducks offensive tackle Penei Sewell's NFL Draft stock has fallen in Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest 2021 Mock NFL Draft Big Board. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

As the calendar prepares to turn from March into April, it's officially time to welcome back NFL Draft season.

And with the return of the hype and banter around the NFL Draft every year comes the return of ESPN's NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and both his mock drafts and big boards.

To little surprise, Kiper's latest updates to his 2021 NFL Draft Big Board raised some eyebrows, especially after dropping his previous No. 2 overall prospect, Penei Sewell, down to No. 8 overall.

Sewell has been a standout offensive tackle during his time with Oregon Ducks, and he's been heralded as practically a lock as one of the top overall prospects in this year's class across all positions.

Kiper has replaced Sewell with Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts at the No. 2 spot on his big board, but Sewell still remains the highest-ranked OT in this year's class at the No. 8 position on Kiper's board.

While, of course, just because he's the No. 8 prospect on that board doesn't mean that we should expect him to be selected at No. 8 overall by the Carolina Panthers. In fact, it really boils down to fit, and any team in need of offensive line help should be on the phone with Sewell, such as the Atlanta Falcons at No. 4 overall or even the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 5 overall.

The Cincinnati Bengals (No. 5 overall) have reportedly expressed interest in reuniting former LSU Tiger teammates Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase. The Miami Dolphins (No. 6 overall) could also do the same with Tua Tagovailoa and DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle, which means the Detroit Lions could certainly be forced into a tough position if a prospect like Sewell is still sitting there with the No. 7 overall pick.

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