Round 2, Pick 59: Colts Select Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

With the 59th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Colts selected offensive lineman Jack Mewhort out of Ohio State.

With their first pick of the draft, coming in the second round at pick number 59 overall, legendary wide receiver Marvin Harrison announced that the Indianapolis Colts selected offensive lineman Jack Mewhort out of Ohio State.

Now, many of you might be wondering, "who?"  Mewhort is a versatile offensive lineman who played left tackle the past few years with Ohio State but who Harrison announced as a guard, which is interesting and likely means that the Colts intend for him to play there.  He can play both guard and center, along with tackle, making him valuable because of his versatility.  On the NFL Network broadcast, Mike Mayock said that he is a "smart, tough guy."  Here's the scouting report on him from NFL.com:

STRENGTHS

Good size. Engages with urgency. Reestablishes the line of scrimmage in the run game. Can drive block, widen the hole and seal lanes. Stout base -- good anchor strength. Plays with a load in his hands to jar defenders. Locks on and controls. Good enough feet to slide and mirror. Alert to stunts and blitzes. Versatile. Has an ideal temperament for the trenches -- breathes fire. Smart, tough and competitive. Three-year starter. Is passionate about the game and works at his craft. Highly respected vocal leader.

WEAKNESSES

Has a soft midsection. Stronger than he is explosive. Lacks ideal length and foot quickness for the left side (not a dancing bear). Vulnerable to strong bull rush when he gets tall and narrow-based. Occasionally gets top-heavy and slips off blocks. Average blocking range. Tight hips and ankles show when he pulls or climbs to the second level. Struggles to cut off fast-flowing linebackers. Lets his pads rise outside the phone booth. Recorded a very ordinary 1.92-second 10-yard split at the combine, indicating average short-area quickness for the left side.


DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 2-3


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.

Mewhort will likely find his way into the lineup in some way this year, whether at guard or at center, and then he likely will continue to see increased playing time as they move forward.  Make no mistake about it: the 6-6, 309 pound lineman is a good player and will definitely help the Colts in many ways with his versatility.  I have nothing against him as a player and think he will help the Colts.  The reason I don't like this pick doesn't have anything to do with Mewhort but instead has to do with the fact that there were several other players there that would have been better picks.  Louis Nix, a great nose tackle who was a projected first rounder, was still there, as was safety Terrence Brooks.  Receiver Jarvis Landry and center Marcus Martin were both there, as was defensive lineman Kony Ealy.  I don't think Mewhort is better than any of them.

I don't mind the player in Jack Mewhort, but you just can't help but feel like the Colts could have gotten someone better with the 59th pick.

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