Jack Mewhort Drafted by Indianapolis in Second Round

By Kyle Rowland on May 9, 2014 at 9:11p

After months of fretting a free fall, Jack Mewhort’s angst was misplaced.

The All-American left tackle was drafted in the second round, 59th overall, by the Indianapolis Colts. But what position he plays in the NFL remains a mystery. What is known is he becomes a protector of prized quarterback Andrew Luck.

“They picked me as an offensive lineman," Mewhort said. “I'm the type of guy you can point me in the direction and I'll go play it. I'm not sure I've got a specific position pegged down. But I'm confident I can excel at different ones along the offensive line.”

Ohio State OL – Last 10 NFL Drafts
Year Pos Player Round Team
2014 OT Jack Mewhort 2 Indianapolis Colts
2013 OT Reid Fragel 7 Cincinnati Bengals
2012 OT Mike Adams 2 Pittsburgh Steelers
2008 OT Kirk Barton 7 Chicago Bears
2006 OG Rob Sims 4 Seattle Seahawks
2006 C Nick Mangold 1 New York Jets
2004 OT Shane Olivea 7 San Diego Chargers
2004 OG Adrien Clark 7 Philadelphia Eagles
2004 C Alex Stepanovich 4 Arizona Cardinals

Mewhort, along with Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby and Carlos Hyde, form a group of Buckeyes that all went in the top 60 picks of the draft, just the third time in the past 15 years Ohio State's accomplished that feat.

Mewhort’s versatility is what sent him surging up draft boards. He can play all five positions on the offensive line. At Ohio State, he started games at left tackle and both guard positions. He was an All-American center in high school at Toledo St. John’s.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano likes what he sees in Mewhort, “He's a dang good player. He's big. He's smart. He loves football. He fits our environment. What I love, he's got nasty. He's tough. You have to have that on the offensive line.”

During the Urban Meyer era, Mewhort developed into a valued team leader, on par with Tim Tebow and John Simon, according to the head coach.

“He’s got self-discipline, self-respect, and work ethic,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that’s tough as nails. Everything you’d want in a leader.”

Ohio State's had an offensive lineman taken in the past three drafts and 10 in the past 10 years. Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1967, the Buckeyes have had 40 offensive linemen drafted.

“What I love, he's got nasty. He's tough.”– Chuck Pagano

Mewhort anchored one of the nation’s top offensive lines, helping Ohio State set numerous offensive records in 2013: points scored (637), total yards (7,167), rushing yards (4,321), passing touchdowns (38) and total touchdowns (83).

Said offensive line coach Ed Warinner: “Everyone says, ‘I want to be like that guy.’”

Mewhort was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and second-team Walter Camp All-American. 


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WhySoSerious's picture

I swear I just said in my head cause I'm looking at the draft via iPad there taking Jack. Congrats 4 down.


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

FitzBuck's picture

I swear I'm looking at the draft boards and thinking why browns why?  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

+4 HS
GoBucks10's picture

So glad for Jack! Definitely well deserved!

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

+1 HS
Nappy's picture

Welcome to Indy!

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

alust2013's picture

Boss. I called this earlier, and I think it's a perfect fit for him, being that he is very versatile. I think he could easily start at some point this season, if not from the beginning. Glad to have a Buckeye on the Colts. 

...and Michigan still sucks.

FROMTHE18's picture

He'll be a beast in the NFL. Good for him.

bukyze's picture

Absolutely pathetic the Buckeyes have only had 2 OL drafted in the first 6 rounds over the last 8 years. (Really just 1 since Mewhort was shaped by Warinner).  Take a bow, Jim effing Bollman !!!!

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BuckeyeNationforLife's picture

Have a feeling that we will have a lot more successful offensive lineman in the NFL soon with Bollman gone, including Mewhort. We've had a lot of underachieving O-lines thanks to Jim. Thank god he is gone, most predictable offensive scheme I've ever seen.

Paralyze resistance with persistence. - Woody Hayes

osubuckeye4life's picture

Best news of the night for me! Welcome to Indy Jack!