Colts pick Jack Mewhort in 2nd
May, 9, 2014
By Mike Wells | ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- The pick: Jack Mewhort, offensive lineman, Ohio State
My take: Mewhort is kind of a surprise pick when you consider the need for a safety and that there were still some quality receivers available at No. 59.
Mewhort would be considered a utility player if he played baseball. He's played every position along the offensive line. He was an All-American center, and Rivals.com had him as the second player at that position coming out of high school in Toledo, Ohio, in 2009. He played guard during the 2011 season at Ohio State, then switched to left tackle for his final two seasons with the Buckeyes. Mewhort started the final 39 games he played at Ohio State.
Mewhort's best chance to play with the Colts is likely at guard because they're set at tackle with Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus, who both had impressive 2013 seasons. Playing time at guard is up in the air. Hugh Thornton struggled during his rookie season, and Donald Thomas is coming back off a torn tendon in his quad and a torn biceps.
The ultimate goal is to protect quarterback Andrew Luck better. Luck has been sacked 73 times in his first two seasons.
Add one more to the résumé: Tackle, guard and center aren't the only positions Mewhort can play. He's also capable of handling long-snapping duties. The Colts are set there, though, with Matt Overton. Overton made the Pro Bowl team last season. But Mewhort is capable of being the emergency long snapper.
What's next: The Colts have the No. 90 overall pick. They'll have three picks in the final four rounds Saturday.