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Penei Sewell already getting compared to Hall of Fame offensive tackles

You know it’s draft season when this begins.

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NFL Draft talk has already begun for the Cincinnati Bengals. And no draft season can ever be complete without comparing college kids to Hall of Fame players.

Trevor Lawrence might be locked into the No. 1 overall pick, but it’s Penei Sewell getting the lofty comparisons.

In a top-10 pick mock draft featuring input from Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, both analysts picked Sewell to go to the Bengals, who currently hold the No. 3 overall pick. There’s going to be little debate about that pick if the Bengals do secure it, so all that’s left is for us to compare Sewell to some of the best offensive tackles of all-time.

Kiper Jr. started us off last week in an interview with McShay by throwing out names like the Bengals’ only Hall of Fame inductee:

He’s a plug-and-play left tackle in the mold of Orlando Pace, Walter Jones and Anthony Munoz. Yes, I’m saying he’s a Hall of Fame talent, and he’d be in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in most other drafts.

Orlando Pace, Walter Jones, and Anthony Munoz.

Penei Sewell just turned 20 years old two months ago.

No one is denying how good Sewell is already. He established himself as the best offensive tackle in college football last year as a true sophomore. Back in September, Sewell opted out of the PAC-12’s season because he knew he was going to be a top-five pick if he declared for the 2021 draft. And if the Bengals get the chance to draft him, they sure as Hell will do so.

But maybe let’s hold off on the GOAT comparisons for now.