The dream scenario for the LA Chargers in the 2021 NFL Draft is to reunite Justin Herbert with Penei Sewell, who is the best tackle prospect in this draft class. However, the Chargers winning four games in a row to end the season derailed those hopes.
There is zero chance that Sewell falls all the way to the 13th overall pick, but he could fall a bit further than expected. Depending on the action of the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, we could see Sewell falling all the way to seven.
The Falcons simply have to trade the fourth overall pick to a team that wants to select a quarterback and the Cincinnati Bengals have to make the mistake of drafting Ja’Marr Chase instead of Sewell. Both are possibilities.
Miami would then fall in love with the potential of Kyle Pitts, leaving Sewell on the board at seven for the Chargers to move up.
Our own Alex Insdorf is against trading up for Sewell if it includes a future first-round pick, but this likely wouldn’t. The Buffalo Bills traded two picks in the 50s to move from 12 to 7 to draft Josh Allen. The Chargers could do a similar deal, headlined by the 47th overall pick.
The trade proposed is the 12th overall, 47th overall, 118th overall and next year’s second-round pick for the seventh overall pick. That leaves the Chargers with an easy decision:
With the seventh overall pick, the LA Chargers select Penei Sewell
If you clicked on this article then you probably already know a lot about Sewell. He is the best tackle in this draft class and while Rashawn Slater gained some steam, Sewell is a franchise left tackle that could be the best offensive lineman the Chargers have had since Ron Mix.
Sewell would fill the hole at left tackle, be a Pro Bowl-caliber player right away and protect Justin Herbert’s blindside for years to come. But how would trading the second and fourth-round pick this year impact the rest of the draft?
Let’s get into the rest of my newest mock, using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.