Northern Iowa OT Trevor Penning

Northern Iowa OT Trevor Penning

6-foot-7
325 pounds

Yahoo Sports’ 2022 NFL draft grade

6.44 — possible first-rounder; possible immediate-impact prospect

TL;DR scouting report

Mauling, nasty left tackle with textbook NFL frame and good athletic traits, although he dominated at the FCS level

The skinny

A 0-star Rivals recruit in the Class of 2017, Penning was completely overlooked in high school by bigger programs, including Iowa State, which was about an hour down the road. He signed with UNI and redshirted in 2017 as he transformed his body, putting on nearly 100 pounds over his time there. After getting four games of action in 2018, he earned a starting role in 2019 — the opener at right guard and the next 13 games at left tackle. He’d remain there for the 2021 spring and fall seasons, playing a combined 17 games and earning a Senior Bowl invite and being named a Walter Payton Award finalist.

Northern Iowa OT Trevor Penning turned in a strong performance at the NFL Combine. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Upside

Gifted specimen with great weight distribution, elite core strength and flexibility

Broad frame with tremendous length — 34 1/4-arms and 10 1/8-inch hands

Natural athlete who can move with explosive burst

Strong NFL combine workout — excellent numbers in 40 (4.89 seconds), 10-yard split (1.65), agility drills

Rag dolls defenders with leverage, power and temperament

Truly nasty play style — plays through the echo of the whistle (and sometimes beyond)

Aggravated Senior Bowl defenders, many of whom he buried, all week in practice

Comes out firing on his first snap, looking to set a tone early

Hard punch can shock defenders out of the gate

Gets low as a run blocker and sinks his hips to maximize power

Can turn defenders perpendicular to the line of scrimmage

Moves pretty well as puller and on screens — gets…

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