We’re two weeks into the post-draft life that is the 2020 offseason. With the schedule release being the next event on the NFL calendar, I want to look way ahead again to the 2021 draft.
I already did this on a broad scale last week by looking at some players the analytics liked, but Mike Renner has also already produced a 2021 mock draft, and our 2021 NFL draft simulator is able to give you a taste of what the first two rounds of the 2021 draft could look like for your favorite team.
In today’s article, I want to look at the trenches. Last month we saw seven offensive linemen go in Round 1, including six offensive tackles. And Penei Sewell of Oregon might very well be better than all of them.
Here is a look at Sewell using our college-to-pro projection system, which is powered by the machine learning capabilities of AWS.
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How Sewell Projects as a Pass-Protector
This, while being the weaker part of Sewell’s game, is still pretty excellent. When looking at a pass-protector at the college level, we apply some of the principles of the “true pass sets” work I published here, adding in a little more context with respect to whom a player played against and when he played against him. When adjusting for situation, Sewell won his pass-blocking reps at a rate of 3.4 percentage points higher than the average college football player and surrendered pressure at a rate 2.8 percentage points lower.