Oregon left sort out Penei Sewell is taken into account one of many elite prospects heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. His title has floated across the Miami Dolphins, presently holding the sixth total choose, as a possible goal, although go catchers appear to bump him from ever being something greater than a side-note as a attainable choose. Information from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport on Friday, nonetheless, might drive Miami right into a second take a look at Sewell.
Left sort out is the cash place on the offensive line. It’s the place the place a participant is usually left alone on an island and requested to guard the blindside of a quarterback. It’s the place the place a participant like Jake Lengthy may be the first-overall choice and signal a $57.75 million contract (pre-rookie wage scale). It’s the spot that’s the most crucial of the 5 offensive linemen.
Until you’ve a left-handed quarterback. All the things flips on this case, with the blindside of the quarterback now the offense’s proper, making you want a dominant proper sort out. Transferring from a left sort out to a proper sort out just isn’t as simple as merely lining up in a distinct place. The stance, the footwork, the schemes are all mirror photos. It takes a deliberate effort to interrupt the muscle reminiscence and supply the flexibility that may permit a participant to fill in on both finish of the road of scrimmage.
The Dolphins have that left-handed quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa.
In line with Rapoport, Sewell is placing in that effort. Sewell, as Rapoport writes, “is making ready for the likelihood that somebody with an entrenched [left tackle] drafts him [and] places him at [right tackle] for a yr.” What if a staff with a left-handed quarterback have been to pick out Sewell and put him at proper sort out, not for a yr, however completely?
Including Sewell at proper sort out and sliding Robert Hunt inside from sort out to protect might reply quite a lot of questions for Miami’s offensive line. It could permit them to construct the road round Tagovailoa and provides him an opportunity to maneuver kind a dink-and-dunk quarterback to a passer who can threaten the complete discipline. The expertise in Tagovailoa’s left arm is there. Getting the Draft’s prime offensive sort out to dam his blindside could be the precise proper transfer for Miami this yr.
Sewell doing the work to show he could be a sort out on both finish of the road of scrimmage might drive Miami to re-look the Oregon prospect.