Finally, the second round is here. After watching the Eagles eventually end up with what would have been Indianapolis’s first rounder (26th overall) in a trade with the Browns, the Colts finally went on the clock in the second round at 59th overall (27th in the round), picking Jack Mewhort (6-6, 309) out of [the] Ohio State, as announced by former Colt great Marvin Harrison.
Indy came into the draft with needs or potential needs (some depth-related) at center, cornerback, safety, outside linebacker, nose tackle, and possibly wide receiver.
Today, for Ryan Grigson and the front office staff, the best player left on the board was a tackle, though Harrison announced Mewhort as a guard, and it seems logical to speculate that Mewhort, known for his toughness, strength, and good mechanics, could get a chance at center as wel. (Although he played only guard and tackle, so that’s mostly knee-jerk speculation straight from the TV broadcast)
From Mewhort’s NFL.com draft profile:
Bottom Line: 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
And from his CBS Sports draft profile:
He is a versatile offensive line prospect who started multiple games for the Buckeyes at left tackle, right guard and right guard. He concluded his career with 39 consecutive starts and playing in 49 straight games overall.
Mewhort looked strong during drills at the Senior Bowl, making it a chore for rushers to line up across from him. The former Buckeye blocker lined up primarily at right tackle and did an excellent job sinking his lower body at the point of attack to anchor, dig his cleats in the ground and be a stubborn lineman to move from his spot.
Mewhort utilizes every inch of his tall, stout frame (6-6, 306 pounds) and large wingspan (80 1/4 inches) to engulf and control rushers. Based off tape and his performance in Mobile, Mewhort looks every bit the part of a future starting right tackle in the NFL.
It’s nice to hear all those good things about his strength, though, with his being listed as a tackle, he really wasn’t on our radar before the draft. We’ll take a more in-depth look at Mewhort (I can’t get enough of that name) and each of the Colts’ draftees in the coming days, but for now, feel free to go to the tape. Here are some scouting videos of Mewhort – the good and the bad – at OSU. Watch for number 74.
Mewhort v. Clemson:
Mewhort v. Wisconson (2013):