2014 Colts Draft Pick: Jack Mewhort - OL - Ohio State

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts took Jack Mewhort with the 59th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Here's a quick scouting report on him.

Jack Mewhort - OL - Ohio State

Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 309 lbs
Arm Length: 34"
Hand Size: 9 3/4"

Strengths

Mewhort is a massive guy who has a vicious initial punch. He can manipulate defenders when he gets engaged and is excellent at driving guys off the line of scrimmage with his strong hands and long arms. Mewhort is an intelligent and experienced offensive lineman who can quickly read and recognize blitzers. He shows solid technique in mirroring defenders in pass protection. Mewhort is a fiery player who displays the kind of passion and intensity coaches like in an offensive lineman. He's a hard worker and was a team leader at Ohio State.

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Weaknesses

Ginger. Well, I guess that's not a weakness, but it could go to his overall fiery temperament.

Alright, in all seriousness, because of Mewhort's height, he is especially susceptible to bull rushers who can get leverage on him. He doesn't sink his hips as well as you'd like. He has trouble with speed rushers due to his lack of elite lateral quickness. If you question that, please see what Khalil Mack did to him last season. In the running game, Mewhort has a tendency to stand up a bit too often and loses his leverage at the point of attack. He also has limited athleticism so getting to the second level and pulling may be an issue for him at the guard spot.

Conclusion

After doing more scouting on Mewhort, I'm not as disappointed with this pick as I was initially. Mewhort will likely be best at right tackle in the NFL to hide his average athleticism and limit the possibility he faces many speed rushers. The Colts plan to move him to guard. My guess is that will only be a temporary position for him. Mewhort does have the ideal personality and intangibles for an NFL offensive lineman and given his ability to engage and drive defenders, he could become an excellent power run blocker for years to come. I'm beginning to warm up to Mewhort and am hopeful he develops faster than last year's draft picks. I expect him to replace Gosder Cherilus at right tackle in time.

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