From Colts Authority’s across-the-pond scout Olly Dawes comes the low-down on the Colts’ second round pick, Jack Mewhort. See all of Olly’s work at his personal website here.
Agility 6 – doesn’t display great change of direction ability. Came middle of the pack in the 3-cone and shuttle drills but doesn’t cope well with speed as he’s unable to move himself quick enough to reset himself. Would be a poor fit for a zone blocking scheme as he doesn’t block well in space.
Pass Block (Speed) 6 – as mentioned, Mewhort just isn’t a good enough athlete to be put out at left tackle as he was at Ohio State. He won’t be asked to do that with the Colts, which is just as well as he struggled massively against Clemson’s Vic Beasley. It’s not that Mewhort is slow off the snap, it’s just that his feet don’t move quickly enough to play LT, and the quicker rushers will always be able to get that extra step on him.
Pass Block (Power) 8 - holds up well with bull rushes. Mewhort is an aggressive player who loves to latch on to defenders and fight through the whistle, so he doesn’t give up much ground when a lineman comes straight at him – which is what he will face on a regular basis as a guard in the NFL.
Run Blocking 9 - Fires off the snap in the run game, latching on to defenders and driving them back with power. Doesn’t let up even when the play is on the opposite side, staying latched on and fighting through. Uses his size and strength to good effect in the run game, and this is clearly where he is best suited.
Quickness and punch 7.5 - When in the run game, Mewhort delivers a strong punch which enables him to be such a force. Quicker moving forward than backwards, he can sometimes looks sluggish setting up his base in pass protection, but this isn’t regularly a problem for Mewhort.
Pulling 6 - the aforementioned lack of athleticism limits his ability to play in space, and it shows when he gets to the second level. He doesn’t have the foot speed to reset himself to block linebackers who are flowing around the play, failing to sustain blocks as a result.
Strength 9 - displays great strength. Had the sixth highest bench press result at the combine (just one behind Taylor Lewan) and his ability to drive defenders back is probably his biggest asset. At 6ft 6in and 309lbs, Mewhort is a huge lineman and strength isn’t a problem at all whether it be in pass protection or in the run game.
Technique 7 – inconsistent at times. When faced with speed rushers on the edge he can allow his opponent to get their hands up into his pads, and it results in him becoming too upright in his kick slide, enabling the rusher to use dip and leverage to beat him. In the run game it’s a different story, displaying great feet that never stop moving.
Awareness 6 – often has issues recognising stunts and inside speed rushes with catastrophic effect. He’s too slow to diagnose what’s happening and then doesn’t have the athleticism to recover as it’s happening.
Versatility 10 - A center at high school, a left tackle at college, a right tackle in the senior bowl and announced as a guard when selected by the Colts, Mewhort appears to have ideal versatility to play any position on the offensive line – even if his height would be strange for a center.
Verdict: 74.5/100 (late third/early fourth round)
My grade on Mewhort was a lot lower than where the Colts took him but you have to look at him for what he will be in the NFL rather than what he was at college. At Ohio State, he was asked to play out at left tackle and he doesn’t have the foot speed or athleticism to play the position in any capacity other than as a spot starter. You need to hide his problems with speed, and the announcement that the Colts see him as a guard is the best thing for him. He displays strength and great ability in the run game, and whilst he may be able to play right tackle if Gosder Cherilus is cut in 2015, he looks a good fit inside right now.