Colts Take OG Jack Mewhort at #59

Posted on May 10 2014 - 1:26am by Luke Schultheis
The Indianapolis Colts selected OG Jack Mewhort with their Round 2 (#59) pick. I'd like to think that somewhere QB Andrew Luck is smiling.

The Indianapolis Colts selected Ohio State’s OG Jack Mewhort with their Round 2 (#59) pick. Somewhere, I’d like to think that QB Andrew Luck is smiling.

The Colts selected Ohio State offensive tackle Jack Mewhort with their Round 2 pick, #59. Mewhort figures to kick inside for the Colts, where he’ll most likely play at offensive guard. Assuming veteran Donald Thomas is healthy, he’ll likely battle second-year OG Hugh Thornton for the other starting guard spot. Here’s what we know about Mewhort:

 


“Thickly built, physical, highly competitive lineman who manned left tackle competently in college, but is better suited for the right side in the pros. Has starter-caliber strength, athleticism and technique supplemented with desirable intangibles. Versatility to play guard or left tackle in a pinch adds to value.” –Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com 


“Mewhort utilizes every inch of his tall, stout frame and large wingspan (80 1/4 inches) to engulf and control rushers. Versatile offensive line prospect who played at every spot except center, and projects as a right tackle. Mewhort looked strong during drills at the Senior Bowl. Lack of elite athleticism may dictate use at right guard. Frankly: Hard to go wrong with a guy who played four offensive line positions, started his final 39 consecutive games, was voted captain by his teammates and was hailed for his leadership by coach Urban Meyer. OK, Meyer’s remark should be expected. PTI.” – Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com


“STRENGTHS: Excellent size, strength and technique to quietly star up front for the Buckeyes. Latches onto opponents and easily controls them, showing off the long arms, strong hands and subtle combination of lateral agility and balance to handle pass-blocking duties at tackle in the NFL. Plays higher than scouts would like but shows surprisingly flexibility and core strength to absorb bull rushers at this level. Generates movement at the point of attack as a drive blocker and will bury his opponent when he senses the defender losing balance. Versatile. Has played each of the four exterior positions along the offensive line, logging starts at left tackle (27), right guard (eight) and left guard (three) over his career. Durable. Started the final 39 consecutive games of his career for the Buckeyes and played in 49 straight. Voted a captain by teammates and lauded for his leadership by head coach Urban Meyer. WEAKNESSES: Doesn’t possess elite athleticism and therefore projects best at right tackle in the NFL. Relies on his length and strength, rather than top-notch quickness and agility to contain speed rushers and is susceptible to stutter-steps back to the inside. Plays high, negating his power in the running game at times and leaving himself vulnerable to the more powerful bull rushes he’ll face in the NFL. A bit of a dancing bear when blocking in space, showing just average change of direction skills. Arrested once for public urination and for evading police. COMPARES TO: David Stewart, Titans: While lacking elite athleticism, Mewhort’s size, strength and toughness project well to right tackle, like the Titans’ blue-collar veteran.” —Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


“Everybody in the NFL community knows about Jack Mewhort. He played guard and tackle at the combine. He looks like a second- or third-round player. What I liked [at Ohio State’s Pro Day] is they kicked him inside to center. No one had seen him snap before. It created a little buzz. I could see a lot of the offensive line coaches and scouts going, hey, if this guy could play center, he could literally play all five positions on an NFL offensive line. When you only dress seven linemen on Sundays, his versatility will help him. I ultimately think he will go in the second round.” –Mike Mayock, NFL.com


“I think he is a late-two, early-three draft pick.” –Mel Kiper Jr, ESPN


“In case you haven’t picked up on it through the first eight guys here, the buzzword for this position group is “versatility”. Mewhort, the Buckeyes’ left tackle, may fit more snugly in the NFL as a right tackle and could be a swing guard/center for a team hoping to bulk up its depth chart. He does not have the quickness of others ahead of him here, nor can he bury defenders consistently. What Mewhort will give a team is a very steady lineman with a running motor.” –Chris Burke, SI.com 

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