5 prospects the Vikings don’t want to see land in NFC North in 2021

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Penei Sewell – OT (Oregon)

It may be a bit surprising to see an offensive tackle on this list, but Sewell is a generational type of talent who doesn’t come around very often. He’s got a rare blend of size, strength, and speed that could help him be a true cornerstone left tackle who comes in and sticks with the team that drafts him for the next dozen or so years.

Sewell doesn’t just have that great size and athleticism, but he’s got great length with arms that can keep defenders off of him and direct them away from the play. He’s going to be a guy that teams will have to game plan to get around and he is the type of blocker who can neutralize an opponent’s best pass rusher.

If Sewell does end up in the NFC North, it would likely be with the Lions barring a trade. He’d solidify their offensive line and cause headaches for Mike Zimmer and Andre Patterson as they try to figure out the best way to create pressure on his side.

He’d also be a huge asset to Detroit’s running game to help open up huge holes for running back D’Andre Swift, who gave the Vikings some trouble during his rookie season behind inferior blockers.