Jack Mewhort, LT, Ohio State, (Height: 6'6"; Weight: 309 pounds)
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- Looked like a portrait of the traditional "Big Ten lineman" at the Senior Bowl weigh-in; big and burly like a hay baler.
- Held his own through the week of Senior Bowl North squad practices, rarely flashing badly against great college edge players like Marcus Smith and Trent Murphy.
- Good, attentive feet and timing of football movements.
- Chambers hands with first step and then punches through with second.
- Mean-spirited player who clearly prefers engaging and fighting over pushing and shoving.
- Almost always executes his assignments in close spaces.
- If a defender is lined up head-to-head against him, he'll rarely lose that battle.
- While not a "smothering" in-line presence, he plays with a very sneaky-efficient, functional brand of power.
- Played extensively through all four years at Ohio State at both guard positions before bouncing out to left tackle.
- 80-plus-inch wingspan aids in execution of reach blocks on play-side 5-techniques.
- Played mostly at right tackle through Senior Bowl practices, which is where his skills best project at the NFL level.
- Actually measured in at the NFL combine at a full inch taller than his listed college height.
- Overall size is somewhat underwhelming.
- Can appear stiff at times and can be sluggish redirecting attention to changing assignments.
- Seems easily confused.
- Major liability in pass protection versus inside rush moves.
- Not adept at getting to the second level in the run game.
- Will be projected much more favorably into an NFL man-power scheme than a zone scheme.
- Can allow penetration too far into the pocket before setting with power, often times doing so as a last resort.
- Easily thrown off by overloads and delayed blitzes from the right side of the defense.
- Had an exceedingly tough time facing Clemson's defensive-edge threats in 2013.
- Doesn't play with the best motor.
- Will often lack the leg drive to get a defender too far off the spot he's occupying, often even when successfully executing his assignment.
- Only five offensive linemen ran slower 40-yard dashes in Indianapolis than Mewhort.
Personal Notes (via Ohio State Athletic Department)
- Jack is a consumer and family resource financial services major.
- Was a member of the gold-medal-winning Team USA at the 2009 Junior World Championships.
- This coming after he was all-Ohio, all-Toledo City League, all-Toledo Blade and an Under Armour All-American performer for coach Doug Pearson at St. John's High School
- Was also named to the Detroit Free Press "best of the Midwest" team.
- Enrolled at Ohio State in January 2009.
- He is the son of Gail and Don Mewhort.
NFL scouts will feel more comfortable taking Mewhort in the 2014 NFL draft than some of the less safe second- and third-tier tackles who are sure to be on the board at the end of Day 2 and through the middle rounds. Evaluators will find solace in knowing that he held his own through Senior Bowl practices and appears to be—at the very least—smart and technically sound in many aspects and surprisingly efficient.
Mewhort is a prime candidate to play right tackle or even guard at the NFL level given his strength for clearing the way in close quarters and his current weakness in countering change-of-direction moves in pass protection.
In the worst case, an NFL franchise would still have depth on its hands. He could reasonably project to possibly contribute at four out of the five offensive line positions if needed.
Draft Projection: Late Round 3