Mar 7, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive linemen Marcus Hall and Jack Mewhort work out in front of NFL scouts on pro day at The Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
In a draft class full of talent at offensive tackle, some guys seem to slip through the cracks. Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort is one of those guys.
Mewhort has the size that NFL teams look for in an offensive tackle. He stands 6’6″ tall and weighs in at 309 pounds. He uses that frame well to show off his excellent blocking techniques that he has displayed over the course of his four years of college football. Mewhort started 39 consecutive games and played in 49 straight games, showing his dependability.
Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Jack Mewhort speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
He also shows some crazy versatility during his time at Ohio State, playing both tackle and guard positions on the offensive line. It seems as though most draft analysts are projecting him to be a right tackle at the NFL level because of his size and physical limitations. However, he has demonstrated the ability to hold down both positions at the college level.
The biggest knock on Mewhort going into the draft is that he tends to play too high. Players that get a very low point of attack on him can gain control on him. This is something he will need to work on at the professional level. He also ran into some minor legal problems after being arrested for public urination and evading police.
- Needs to get lower to block
- Average pass block ability
- Minor legal issues
Fit For The Vikings
Minnesota will be looking for a swing tackle to replace J’Marcus Webb after his exit.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Vikings use their late third or fourth round pick on Mewhort. He shows a lot of potential and could be a swing tackle for Minnesota.