OT JACK MEWHORT, OHIO ST.

mewhort

6’6” – 308 lbs. – 5.30e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 10 GP / 0 GS
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (5 LG, 7 RG)
2012: 12 GP / 12 GS (LT)

OVERVIEW:

Functioned as a swing reserve during his freshman season in 2010 before transitioning to left guard for the first five games of the 2011 season, a campaign he finished with seven straight starts at right guard. In 2012, became the team’s full-time starting left tackle following the loss of former starter Mike Adams, drafted in the second round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now one of the Buckeyes’ team captains.

STRENGTHS:

•    Has starting experience at three different offensive line positions.
•    Possesses prototypical size and bulk for an NFL offensive tackle.
•    Consistent in pass protection, even against top competition.
•    Capable of driving defenders back to create holes in the run game.
•    Strong grip which translates into an ability to sustain blocks well.
•    Effective anchor and is rarely driven back by an opposing bull rush.
•    Strong locker-room presence who has been named a team captain.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Will likely be required to transition to right tackle at the next level.
•    Not an elite athlete; adequate overall movement skills/lateral agility.
•    Balance and weight distribution is slightly off at times, forward or back.
•    Needs to be more active with his feet and, in particular, hand use.
•    Not quite the killer run blocker you’d expect given his physical gifts.
•    Probably restricted to inline (man) blocking schemes in the pros.
•    Has a past arrest for “obstructing official business”, a misdemeanor.

SUMMARY:

Although Mewhort will likely have to undergo a positional change at the next level to right tackle, he has been a dependable blindside protector at the collegiate level versus a high level of competition and has more in common with 49ers starting right guard Alex Boone than Steelers bust Mike Adams. He possesses the frame and build of a pro tackle, and his previous experience at guard should enhance his value for teams which run inline/power blocking schemes.  RD 3

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