Lions rookie offensive tackle Penei Sewell caught the eye of 49ers pass rusher Nick Bosa in the Lions’ 41-33 loss to San Francisco on Sunday.
The 2021 7th overall selection was originally set to play at right tackle, but transitioned to the left side after Taylor Decker sat out with an injury. Bosa said he was impressed with Sewell, who allowed one sack to Bosa.
“He’s going to be good,” Bosa said. “He’s more comfortable on the left. I could tell. The tape I saw on the right was . . . I told him after the game, he’s better on the left and he’s more comfortable on the left. He’s going to be a solid player, for sure.”
Sewell was a standout left tackle at Oregon who fell to the Lions in the draft, even though he was projected to be a top-five pick. Many thought the Bengals would select Sewell with the 5th pick, but they ultimately balked and selected LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase instead.
Though he gave up the sack to Bosa early, Sewell improved as the game wore on and became a menace in the run game especially. Sewell led the way in the run blocking department and helped the Lions run for 116 yards.
It remains to be seen whether Sewell will stay at left tackle once Decker returns, but Sewell was a bright spot for Detroit against a fierce 49ers defensive line.