Brad Holmes: Penei Sewell is a transcendent talent

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The Lions held their position at No. 7 overall on Thursday night and selected Oregon tackle Penei Sewell, setting themselves up for a strong offensive line to protect quarterback Jared Goff.

Sewell is slated to play right tackle, creating a third anchor point with left tackle Taylor Decker and center Frank Ragnow. After making the pick, first-year General Manager Brad Holmes said the idea was to add to a position of strength and make it even greater.

“He’s going to be an integral and an impactful piece to our franchise going forward for years to come,” Holmes said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “He’s going to be a great addition to our offensive line. He’s just a transcendent talent. I can’t quite remember a guy that had feet like him in a long time, but it’s not just the athletic ability. He’s got the toughness, he’s got the grit, he’s got the strength, he’s got the intangibles that we’re looking for.”

Holmes makes Sewell sound exactly like the kind of kneecap biter head coach Dan Campbell said he wanted in his opening press conference. But more than that, Holmes feels like Sewell is being put in a great situation to succeed.

“We have enough veteran players in that room that can really provide guidance to Penei,” Holmes said. “He just has to be himself. He’s not under any pressure to be this or that. He just has to come in and we’ll allow him to develop and evolve to the position and to the unit.”

14 responses to “Brad Holmes: Penei Sewell is a transcendent talent

  1. Best Lions first round draft pick since Calvin Johnson, so glad they didn’t panic and reach for Justin Fields or Mac Jones- looking forward to seeing how the rest of the draft is determined by them

  2. The same old Lions would have passed on him for a WR like both Cinci and Miami mistakenly did.

  3. We’ll see, nobody can tell from college to the NFL. Most of the time scouts are wrong

  4. What in the World is going on???? Tebow is trying TE, Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay, and my Lions are all of a sudden making smart moves. I think I might just shut the TV off now and avoid the zombie apocalypse.

  5. good selection but it will backfire badly when it comes to pass a division rival was handed the franchise quarterback they should’ve drafted and sat for a year;

    last time i checked no offensive tackle has ever been MVP of a Super Bowl;

    plenty of franchise quarterbacks have, i’m told;

  6. I saw interview footage with Sewell last night. He has early childhood memories of helping his dad, who is a football coach in Samoa, do things like set up cones for conditioning exercises. Sewell talked about being ready to run through walls! He’s a perfect fit in the new Lions/Dan Campbell football culture. I don’t think a team can ever go wrong picking a great OL. But only time will tell if he’ll be great.

    I’m sure Jared Goff is very happy.

  7. An OT might never be SuperBowl MVP, but he’s the real reason so many franchise QBs have been. How can not know this?

  8. The Lions have 4 first round picks in the next two drafts. They have a young qb that went to a SB. Smart move to pass on a qb right now. They have time see what a change of scenery does for Goff.

  9. The Lions are on year 65 of their rebuild, this is sooooooo exciting!

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