NFL Draft: UO's Breeze to Tennessee; OSU's Jefferson to Lions
Penei Sewell did not have to wait long to hear his name during the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
The former Oregon left tackle and 2019 Outland Trophy winner was taken by the Detroit Lions with the seventh pick in the April 29 first round.
On the second day of the draft Friday, former Ducks' safety Jevon Holland was drafted by Miami with the 36th overall pick (fourth of the second round).
UCLA defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa, who prepped at David Douglas High, went to the Dallas Cowboys in the third round, 75th overall.
Oregon State cornerback Nahshon Wright went to the Cowboys with the 99th overall selection. One pick later, Washington defensive back Elijah Molden, the son of former Oregon Duck Alex Molden, went to the Tennessee Titans with the 100th pick.
Meanwhile, Seattle picked Western Michigan receiver D'Wayne Eskridge in the second round.
On Saturday it was rounds four through seven.
Oregon defensive back Deommodore Lenoir went in the fifth round to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Seahawks picked cornerback Tre Brown of Oklahoma in the fourth round.
Former Central Catholic star Brady Breeze, the Oregon safety who opted out of the 2020 season, went to Tennessee in the sixth round.
The Seahawks picked offensive lineman Stone Forsythe, an offensive tackle from Florida, in the sixth round.
The Chicago Bears selected Oregon defensive back Thomas Graham Jr. with the final pick of the sixth round.
Then with the third-to-last pick of the draft in the seventh round, OSU running back Jermar Jefferson went to Detroit, 257th overall.
Undrafted and going the free agent route: UO defensive back Nick Pickett, defensive linemen Austin Faoliu and Jordon Scott and tight end Hunter Kampmoyer; OSU edge rusher Hamilcar Rashed Jr.
At 6-4, 331 pounds, Sewell has demonstrated outstanding athleticism. He sat out his junior season in the fall to prepare for the draft.
Sewell is likely to line up on the right side of a Detroit offensive line that was considered the Lions' strength even before adding Sewell.
"That was our guy," Lions coach Dan Campbell told Detroit TV station Fox 2. "This is a big man who can move. He has great feet, a temperament about him, an attitude and he's a cornerstone player, man. He's somebody you can build a team around and that's exactly why we got him."
Part of Sewell's job will be to protect Jared Goff. The Lions acquired the former Rams and Cal quarterback in an offseason trade.
The first offensive lineman selected April 29, Sewell was the seventh offensive player in a row off the board.
This marks the third time Oregon has had first-round picks in consecutive drafts. Sewell follows quarterback Justin Herbert, who was picked sixth overall in 2020 and went on to win offensive rookie of the year honors with the Los Angeles Chargers.
In 1,376 college snaps, Sewell allowed one sack.
He is the 19th Oregon player drafted in the first round, the ninth to go in the top-10.
The drama of Thursday's first round surrounded the quarterbacks. As expected, Clemson's Trever Lawrence went first overall to Jacksonville and Zach Wilson out of BYU went No. 2 to the New York Jets.
There was a lot of drama entering the draft about the No. 3 pick. San Francisco, which traded up to No. 3 last month, picked North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance, leaving Ohio State's Justin Fields to go No. 11 to the Chicago Bears, who traded up to get him, and Alabama's Mac Jones to go 15th to the New England Patriots.
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