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Pro Day report: OT Penei Sewell, LB Zaven Collins impress

Two top prospects have impressive workouts

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The 2021 Pro Day circuit rolls on with a pair of big workouts on Friday. While no school’s Pro Day on Friday quite measures up to the workouts of LSU, Florida, Notre Dame, or Ohio State, there were a pair of potentially huge individual workouts.

The first was Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins, who has emerged as a potential first round prospect — and perhaps even in the top half of the first round, while the second was potential Top 5, and likely Top 10, pick Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell.

Zaven Collins (LB, Tulsa)

The Tulsa linebacker has emerged over the course of the 2020 season and 2021 draft process to become one of the fastest risers in this year’s draft. It isn’t hard to see what is so intriguing about Collins, he is a big linebacker — he has the size of a classic “thumper” — but is also an exceptional athlete.

Collins has as much size as most EDGE players, but has the comfort and ability to play in space as an off-ball linebacker. That combination is truly rare and could be a valued commodity in the modern NFL.

Adding to Collins’ appeal, he is actually a pre-med student, which speaks highly of his intelligence.

Height: 6040 (6-foot-4 inches)
Weight: 259 pounds

40 Time: 4.60 seconds
Broad Jump: 10-foot-2
Vertical Jump: 35 inches
Bench Press: 19 reps

Penei Sewell

Sewell has long been considered the top offensive tackle prospect in the 2021 draft. He has a great blend of size, strength, and athleticism, and he looks every bit a starting NFL offensive tackle. Sewell opted out of the 2020 season, but he played 1,395 snaps in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, and is credited with giving up just 15 pressures, 3 QB hits, and 1 sack over that span. Sewell is also a very strong run blocker, routinely creating movement at the line of scrimmage.

Height: 6047 (6-foot-4 7/8 inches)
Weight: 331 pounds
Arm Length: 33 14 inches
Hand Span: 10 3/8 inches

40 Time: 5.09 seconds
3-Cone: 7.7 seconds
Short Shuttle: 4.68 seconds
Broad Jump: 9-foot-1 (average is 8-foot-6)
Vertical Jump: 28 inches
Bench Press: 30 reps