Trevor Penning, OL, Northern Iowa
Today I have the pleasure of presenting a very fun prospect on behalf of the Kansas City Chiefs. Eagles fans have had the luxury of not needing to get familiarized with the top end OL talent in this draft, but Trevor Penning, the versatile Offensive Lineman from Northern Iowa, is a player that any informed draft watcher should definitely get acquainted with prior to the 2022 draft. Firstly, Penning occasionally gets mocked as high as the top 10. Secondly, he’s a very high level physical athlete, standing at 6’7” 325 lbs who tested extremely well at the combine. Lastly, he has an extremely nasty, mean attitude to go with his physical traits. Most notably, Penning watches Saw films to motivate himself before games, and has developed a reputation for triggering his opponents opposite him.
When it comes to draft range, Trevor Penning stands out as a steal, as he gets mocked most often around the mid teens, but as high as the top 10 to teams such as the Seahawks. The chances of Penning falling to pick 30 on draft night are slim, if mocks and evaluators are to be believed. He’s more likely to go into the top 15 than drop to pick 30.
The Chiefs have arguably more pressing positional needs coming into this draft, such as EDGE, Cornerback, Wide Receiver, and Defensive Tackle. EDGE was fittingly addressed at pick 29 in this draft with DE Boye Mafe, but it’s hard to identify any clear cut, top tier CB, WR, or DT prospects left that compete with the likes of Trevor Penning. The Chiefs do also have some holes on the Offensive Line, with a major injury to RT Lucas Niang threatening his availability for the start of the 2022 season. While OL may be a tier 2 need for the Chiefs, Trevor Penning looks to be the last remaining top tier prospect. He has the versatility to play either Tackle position and at Guard at a high level, and he’s arguably the best player left available. They also have two 2nd round picks, so filling their needs after this shouldn’t be a problem.
Penning has the upside to be a generational lineman, and will likely develop into an upgrade over most of the Chief’s current starters, either at Guard or Tackle. He showed positional versatility at Northern Iowa, playing multiple positions well. He played Left Tackle most often. Penning is sometimes compared to the likes of Taylor Lewan and Eric Fisher in terms of measurables and upside by evaluators. He’s a little stiff laterally on game film, and can be beat by speed rushers around the edge, but he showed incredible physical traits when tested at the combine. The potential and ability is there, they just need to be unlocked through technique and development. It’s not every day you have a prospect with these movement skills at Penning’s size.
Worst case scenario, Penning should become a top tier Guard for years in the NFL, as he has the power, attitude and balance to handle bull-rushers. Movement in the run game should be no issue for Penning, who ran an incredible 4.89 40-yard dash at the combine. That’s 98th percentile for NFL OLmen, and 99th percentile speed score (relative to his height and weight). During head to head prospect evaluations at the Senior Bowl and Combine, he antagonized multiple opponents, who Penning triggered by his dominant, play-to-the-whistle aggressiveness and style. Penning shows no hesitancy to use all of his power.
The Chief’s would be more than happy to select Penning at pick 30 to play either Tackle or Guard, and to be a dominant franchise player for years to come.
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2022 BGN Mock Draft Order
1) Jaguars (HellBentOnHurts): DE Aidan Hutchinson
2) Lions (Friendly Neighborhood Philly Fan): DE Travon Walker
3) Texans (herbalonius): OT Evan Neal
4) Jets (RideHighTide): OT Ikem Ekwonu
5) Giants (Brendanekstrom): CB Ahmad Gardner
6) Panthers (Philliesandthebees): QB Kenny Pickett
7) Giants (Dr.MidnightGreen): DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
8) Falcons (Philly21): QB Malik Willis
9) Seahawks (chewy wellington) QB Matt Corral
10) Jets (tfrank9811): S Kyle Hamilton
11) Commanders (Negadelphia Norm): CB Derek Stingley Jr.
12) Vikings (Kephas): CB Trent McDuffie
13) Texans (Bdawk20rules): WR Drake London
14) Ravens (ablesser88): DT Jordan Davis
15) Eagles (Fly Like An Eagle): WR Chris Olave
16) Saints (20Safety_Hazard): OT Charles Cross
17) Chargers (LBCeaglesFan!): DT Devonte Wyatt
18) Eagles (Phoenix X Minimus): CB Andrew Booth Jr.
19) Saints (Georgia_eagle): WR Garrett Wilson
20) Steelers (EagleDomiNation) WR Jameson Williams
21) Patriots (Domonate): DE Jermaine Johnson
22) Packers (Leo Bedio): WR Treylon Burks
23) Cardinals (big DUB): DE George Karlaftis
24) Cowboys (joey2arms): S Jaquan Brisker
25) Bills (ItownBallers22): CB Kaiir Elam
26) Titans (BrianMcE03): OL Kenyon Green
27) Buccaneers (4133Dave): OL Zion Johnson
28) Packers (The Player Formerly Known as Mousecop): OT Bernhard Raimann
29) Chiefs (GreenGrampa): DE Boye Mafe
30) Chiefs (Legend of Nick Foles): OL Trevor Penning
31) Bengals (Thedeuce9)
32) Lions (Dtechman44)
Now it’s time for you to vote for who YOU think should be selected next in the 2022 BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft.
Who should the Chiefs pick at No. 30?
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DE Boye Mafe
DE David Ojabo
DE Arnold Ebiketie
CB Kaiir Elam
LB Nakobe Dean
S Daxton Hill
S Lewis Cine
S Jaquan Brisker
1) Jaguars: DE Aidan Hutchinson
2) Lions: DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
3) Texans: OT Evan Neal
4) Jets: OT Ikem Ekwonu
5) Giants: OT Charles Cross
6) Panthers: QB Malik Willis
7) Giants: CB Ahmad Gardner
8) Falcons: QB Kenny Pickett
9) Seahawks: S Kyle Hamilton
10) Jets: DE Travon Walker
11) Commanders: CB Derek Stingley Jr.
12) Vikings: CB Trent McDuffie
13) Texans: DE Jermaine Johnson
14) Ravens: DT Jordan Davis
15) Eagles: WR Jameson Williams
16) Saints: OT Trevor Penning
17) Chargers: DT Devonte Wyatt
18) Eagles: LB Devin Lloyd
19) Saints: WR Garrett Wilson
20) Steelers: QB Matt Corral
21) Patriots: WR Chris Olave
22) Packers: WR Drake London
23) Cardinals: DE George Karlaftis
24) Cowboys: C Tyler Linderbaum
25) Bills: CB Andrew Booth Jr.
26) Titans: OL Kenyon Green
27) Buccaneers: OL Zion Johnson
28) Packers: OT Bernhard Raimann
29) Chiefs: WR Treylon Burks