Scouting the OTs: Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

mewhort2Jack Mewhort, the captain and leader of the Ohio State offensive line, is another of the many experienced tackle prospects available in the 2014 NFL Draft.

As I continue to go through the position group, I’m amazed by the depth of quality talent, most of which having starter’s potential.

Mewhort may not be the best of this year’s bunch, but his 38 consecutive starts (48 games played overall) and resume of post-season accolades (2013 All-Big Ten 1st Team; Walter Camp 2nd Team All-American) is worth taking note of.  In addition, his practice performances at the Senior Bowl helped solidify his status as one of the first tackles likely off the board in that “next tier” of talent.

Below is FRG Scouting’s evaluation of Jack Mewhort.

NAME:                  JACK MEWHORT
Position:              Offensive Tackle
School:                 Ohio State
Height:                 6’5”
Weight:               306lbs

Standing nearly 6’6” tall and weighing just over 305lbs, Mewhort would be well-served to add another 15lbs or so to his frame; he doesn’t have much sand in his pants and will need to add some weights to help him anchor versus NFL defenders…Has ideal length for the tackle position (34.5″ arms)…A solid in-line run blocker, Mewhort locks onto his opponent with strong hands and a firm base; can create a decent jolt on contact…Can get to the second level and complete an assignment vs. a LB, even with his athletic limitations…Doesn’t shy away from contact; a tough competitor who plays through the whistle…Competent in pass protection versus power rush (despite afore-mentioned lacking lower body mass.)

Tends to let the defender get to his chestplate due to delayed punch out of his stance;Wins with pure strength now, but it could become an issue on next level…Struggles w/COD versus speed rushers; average feet result in a below average kick step both in speed and depth, causing him to play catch-up to the edge…Despite experience, appears confused at times by defensive fronts…Limited athlete that does not project to left tackle in the NFL.

While Mewhort brings a lot of experience and respect from his teammates to the NFL Draft, he’s clearly a tier below the top tackle prospects in 2014.  Mewhort’s limited athletic ability and average overall play strength suggests that he could end up being a swing tackle when it’s all said and done.  His performance at the Senior Bowl has increased his overall draft stock, but his tape suggests that he will be a valuable depth player on the next level with the potential to grow into a starting right tackle if he can add a few pounds and increase his strength.

GRADE: 6.6 (4th round)

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