3 reasons why the Vikings should trade up to draft Penei Sewell

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Sewell is a generational talent

Simply put, players like Penei Sewell don’t grow on trees. The left tackle was one of college football’s most dominant forces in 2019 and there appears to be little doubt this can continue once he gets to the professional ranks.

It’s easy to forget that Sewell is still just 20-years-old. His aggressiveness and accomplished technique defy both his age and size, with exceptional mobility being another eye-catching trait that is sure to go down extremely well with NFL scouts once they put on the tape.

Considering the expected run of quarterbacks set to come off the board in the first few selections of this year’s draft, Sewell is projected by many to drop to the Bengals at pick No. 5. They have a big decision to make between the tackle and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. So if they choose the latter, there is a real opportunity for the Vikings to trade up if they think it’s a chance worth taking.

Striking a deal with the Dolphins at pick No. 6 would ensure Minnesota moves past the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers, who could both use help with their edge protection. Sewell is only just scratching the surface of what he is truly capable of, and although it’s going to come with some significant compensation, the Vikings would be getting a generational talent with an All-Pro ceiling in return.