As Draft Approaches, Mewhort's Stock Surges

By Kyle Rowland on May 6, 2014 at 8:30a
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Jack Mewhort will be nervous. Already is. He’s not ashamed to admit it. NFL draft analysts don’t expect Mewhort to get out of the third round, but he’s seen too many projections fizzle.

With two days and counting until the first round, the All-American do-it-all lineman continues to surge up draft boards. The dominance he displayed during his final two seasons at Ohio State helps. So too does his versatility.

“Everybody in the NFL community knows about Jack Mewhort,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “He played guard and tackle at the combine. He looks like a second- or third-round player.

“What I liked [at Ohio State’s Pro Day] is they kicked him inside to center. No one had seen him snap before. It created a little buzz. I could see a lot of the offensive line coaches and scouts going, hey, if this guy could play center, he could literally play all five positions on an NFL offensive line. When you only dress seven linemen on Sundays, his versatility will help him. I ultimately think he will go in the second round.”

Mewhort boosted his stock with impressive showings at the NFL Combine and Ohio State’s Pro Day, putting his Orange Bowl woes against Vic Beasley in the rearview mirror.

“I haven’t made it anywhere yet,” Mewhort said at the Senior Bowl. “I was never one to look too far ahead. Day by day, I’ve always leaned on my work ethic and my ability to sacrifice.”

The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Mewhort didn’t realize as he was being shifted up and down the line at Ohio State that there would be a payoff – literally. At the time, there was frustration with wanting to find a permanent position. But he understands how being flexible in the NFL can be an asset.

A standout high school career at Toledo St. John’s was spent at center. That wasn’t an option at Ohio State with Mike Brewster already occupying the position, so Mewhort started 39 games between right guard, left guard and left tackle. The preference in the NFL is zilch. An opportunity is all Mewhort craves.

“Everybody in the NFL community knows about Jack Mewhort.” – Mike Mayock

“Versatility is huge in this league,” he said at the combine. “I grew as a person and got a lot of experience by playing for three different coaches, in terms of leadership styles and being coached in different ways. Playing the different positions added a lot of value to myself.

“It’s like asking a parent to pick a kid. I truly believe I can thrive at every position on the offensive line. I know that sounds crazy. I know you guys are thinking in your mind you have a favorite position, but it really doesn't matter. You point me in the direction and tell me to play the position, I’ll do it as hard as I can go.”

Guard or tackle is the expected landing spot in the NFL. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. believes Mewhort could be a starter at right tackle or center. 

“I think he is a late-two, early-three draft pick,” Kiper said.

Simply making an NFL regular-season roster seems a foregone conclusion. Teams don’t draft players in the first three rounds to have them sit on the bench. That range is used for impact players, which Mewhort looked like during his final two years at Ohio State.

He was the leader on teams that finished 12-0 and 12-2, opening up holes for Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller, providing protection for Miller and orchestrating production for a record-setting offense. Last season, Meyer called Mewhort the most valuable player on the offense, not Hyde or Miller, the two-time Big Ten player of the year.

“Under Coach Meyer, everything you did was competing. He charted everything,” said Mewhort, a senior captain. “If you were slacking in practice, it was up there on a board somewhere. Then, under Coach Tressel, we did this thing called quiet time and he’d talk to us every day. I remember, ‘You are who you hang with.' The people you surround yourself with define you.”

Who Mewhort hung with at Ohio State was an offensive line of square pegs that fit perfectly into round holes. Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall formed the nucleus of one of the Buckeyes’ top offensive lines in decades. All four brought a blue-collar, lunch pail approach every Saturday, with Mewhort as the ringleader.

“There’s no stat for toughness and you can’t measure it with a ruler or tape measure,” he said. “But when you turn on that film and see me in practice, hopefully that’s what they think of me this week. I’m here to show that I'm a versatile, tough player, a hard worker and I do things right. I can play this game at a high level.”

Mewhort can prove that all over again in the fall. Right now, he just wants to be a high draft pick.

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osubuck57's picture

Best of luck to Mewhort!! Hope he goes early second round. Would love if he landed in Cleveland!! O-line leader for sure. He will be missed.

SCOTTC.

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pdan46's picture

I am the son of a former OL Coach and I think that Mehwort is outstanding!  He will be a steal for any team in the second round and it would be a felony if someone is able to get him in the third round!

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OSUpawn's picture

Best of Luck Friday.  See you on Sundays

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

Hovenaut's picture

I'll never pretend to be a seasoned NFL scout, but in Jack Mewhort you have a player who is ready, willing and able - across the line.

Eager to hear his name called going into the weekend.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

BUCKEYE and Toledo St Johns Jesuit TITAN.

Best of luck homie.

osu07asu10's picture

“What I liked [at Ohio State’s Pro Day] is they kicked him inside to center. No one had seen him snap before. It created a little buzz. I could see a lot of the offensive line coaches and scouts going, hey, if this guy could play center, he could literally play all five positions on an NFL offensive line. When you only dress seven linemen on Sundays, his versatility will help him. I ultimately think he will go in the second round.”

Not sure if many lineman CAN do that, and if that was a coaching decision by Warriner/Meyer or someone prepping Mewhort for the draft but that was a brilliant move. Even if Mewhort can't play center for crap, learning brushing up on snapping the ball for a pro day to show some versatility proved wise.

EDIT: For JAX

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

jaxbuckeye's picture

He didn't learn to snap the ball for pro day. He played center in HS. 

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osu07asu10's picture

Yep, I read the article and being a center in HS is much different than in college, let alone the pros. 

He logged no time at center in college and for him to go out and show that he has that versatility was a great move on his part, that's all.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Things don't translate well over the Internet.  Sorry if it came across as snippy.  Wasn't trying to be like so many people on the Internet who like to jump all over someone if they think they missed something in the article.   Was just trying to point it out.  Definitely different playing it in college, but having the reps in HS has to have helped (if nothing else, from a confidence standpoint).  Being able to play every line position makes him incredibly valuable.  Hope the Browns nab him.

FROMTHE18's picture

Although Hyde, Shazier, and Roby are the top dogs, I think Mewhort is the best NFL prospect we have in this draft. I expect him to have a very solid career at the next level.

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d1145fresh's picture

I expect a big push in the number of OL that OSU puts into the draft each year so long as Warriner is coaching up the line. It amazes me when I think back about the wasted talent on the OL during the Tressel years due to lack of a good offensive line coach. The guys who have made it to the NFL have started to blossom now they have some coaching.

As far as Mewhort, I think he is a very solid NFL caliber lineman. He will be a guy who will be in the league for 12 years (relatively unknown) and compete on every team he is a part of.

 

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d5k's picture

I think he ends up being a pro bowl guard at some point.  He is a nasty run blocker.

AngryWoody's picture

This is what Beth Mowins had to say about Mewhort Via ESPN.com:

"When you look at a guy like Jeff Newport, he's big, he's physical, he's got all the skills you need to play tight end at the next level. I can see him going in the second round easily."

Thanks Beth.

Our Honor Defend!

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BierStube's picture

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

NuttyBuckeye's picture

Love his attitude and confidence.  Some may see his confidence as being cocky, but not me.  He's a hard worker.  Would absolutely LOVE to see him in Cleveland.

(With his teammate Carlos!!)

 

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Mewhort will be a great pick up for any team that drafts him.  He's got great size, strength and has show he can play well against some really good competition.  Jack will sorely be missed at OSU!  He is an outstanding Buckeye!  Best of luck to you in the draft Jack!!

Go Bucks!!

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Athens BuckCat's picture

Best of luck to Jack and all of the other Buckeyes in this year's draft!