INDIANAPOLIS – For the second straight season, the Colts spent their first selection on Friday night of the draft in the trenches.
Jack Mewhort of Ohio State will make the trek across I-70 to begin his professional career.
At 6-6 and 309 pounds, Mewhort was a two-year starter at left tackle for the Buckeyes but also has collegiate experience at left and right guard.
Below are five quick takeaways from the newest member of the Colts:
1. Listing Jack Mewhort at one specific position doesn’t do him justice. At 6-6 and 309 pounds, Mewhort appears to have tackle size. He started at left tackle his final two seasons at Ohio State after he started 13 games at right and left guard in 2011. Asked where he’s most comfortable on the offensive line, Mewhort said, “point me in the right direction and I’ll figure it out.”
2. In Mewhort’s Ohio State bio, head coach Urban Meyer lauded the leadership of his left tackle. Mewhort, who was handpicked by Meyer to be a captain, was a 13-game starter during Ohio State’s undefeated regular season in 2013.
3. Mewhort did drop a nugget on his Friday night conference call that he snapped the ball at his pro day and he was an All-American center coming out of St. John Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio. His size might not scream a typical NFL center but Mewhort seemed more than open to playing in the middle of the line at the next level.
4. An interesting fact regarding Mewhort is he hails from the same high school that produced current Colts assistant coach Rob Chudzinski. In coming to Indianapolis, Mewhort will be reunited with college teammate Daniel “Boom” Herron and Toledo native
5. While Mewhort’s conference call with the local media wasn’t too long, he came off as a very engaging personality. Mewhort talked about how fortunate he was to be joining a young, successful team and mentioned his workout with the Colts and offensive line coach Joe Gilbert as a lasting impression of the draft process.