Trevor Penning has excellent size to be a hulking, strong blindside protector. Penning played extraordinarily well against a tough defensive front in Iowa State and flashed some of his excellent tools and outstanding upside in that game specifically. Penning was dominant in the FCS as well, showing his above-average strength and rarely looking challenged. He also lettered in basketball and track and field while in high school.

The Measurables

Trevor Penning

OT – #70 Northern Iowa

HT: 6073
WT: 329
WING: 8348
ARM: 3478
HAND: 1018
DOB: 5/15/1999

Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Newman Catholic (Clear Lake, IO)
HS Rating: N/A
Phil Steele: N/A

Trevor Penning Scouting Report

Average speed and explosive ability. Fairly quick laterally. Good upper body. Wasn’t afraid to get overly physical. Has a strong stiff arm that Penning uses well. Looks like he can put some more work into his lower body. Just didn’t have that drive at times. Shows a strong anchor. Didn’t often appear challenged in pass protection.

Showed very decent flexibility and bend while in his set. Typically places his hands well in pass protection but struggled as a run blocker. Strong technique to hand fight through some of the contact he received. Strong pass protector. Didn’t drop as often into a traditional pass set as I would have liked to see, but when he did he played well. Struggles to get the downhill push and to lock the defender into the block. When he got to the second level, Penning did well to turn back around and seal holes. Not a great nor consistent run blocker. Penning struggles to get low enough when moving downhill, most likely on account of his larger frame.

Northern Iowa ran several varieties of zone concepts, including zone run and RPO looks. Some of the work he did will not translate to the NFL and there may be a bit of a learning curve in a man system. Much of the pass set Penning played in is not used in the league. I think that there will be a good overall learning curve for Penning at the next level. Showed an above-average level of knowledge in his scheme. Struggled to pass off assignments to the next man and would get stuck in a 1v1 mindset.

What we want to see from Trevor Penning in Mobile

  • Trevor Penning was rarely overwhelmed on tape and didn’t show much of an issue having to recover. When he faces some of these faster, stronger edge rushers in Mobile, how will he recover? It’s going to be something worth watching.
  • Can Penning get low enough off the snap to effectively get downhill and run block? One of the issues on his tape is getting that downhill push and drive.

Pre-Senior Bowl Projection

Trevor Penning projects as a left tackle in a zone scheme that can start potentially in year two or three. We think his ceiling is a borderline top 15 left tackle in the league. With the lack of run ability displayed so far, we think that will hold him back.

Overall, we project Penning as a second-round pick. Left tackles are valuable. Penning provides depth immediately and the potential room for growth – especially as he learns in a professional scheme.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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