Mewhort Taken By Colts In Second Round

Mewhort Taken By Colts In Second Round

Ohio State offensive tackle Jack Mewhort became the fourth Buckeye to come off the board when the Indianapolis Colts selected him in the second round with the 59th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

For as long as Carlos Hyde's wait seemed, it didn't take long for him to get some company in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Two picks after the San Francisco 49ers chose Carlos Hyde, the Indianapolis Colts grabbed Ohio State offensive tackle Jack Mewhort with the 59th overall pick.

Mewhort will join a franchise that was already in desperate need of blocking help. That need only intensified when the Houston Texans chose defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick.

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Mewhort played in 49 games at Ohio State and started the last 39 games of his career with the Buckeyes. He was a critical cog in OSU's offensive attack as the Buckeyes reeled off a school-record 24 consecutive wins and helped pave the way for a record-setting offense in 2013.

He was named a first-team All-American by ESPN.com and also earned second-team nods from Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated and the Football Writers Association of America, as well as a third-team spot on the Associated Press All-American team.

Mewhort completed the full testing battery at the NFL Combine in February, running a 5.37-second 40-yard dash and putting up 28 reps on the bench press. He managed a 28-inch vertical jump and 8-5 broad jump and completed the three-cone drill in 7.79 seconds and 20-yard shuttle in 4.64 seconds.

He also showed off his versatility at Ohio State's Pro Day. After playing left guard, right guard and left tackle for the Buckeyes, Mewhort also showed he could fill in at center by working out at that position for portions of OSU's Pro Day.

Mewhort was a versatile player in Columbus, playing just about everywhere on the offensive front at Ohio State except at center," Scout draft analyst Jamie Newberg wrote in his draft preview. "He has terrific size at 6-foot-6, 309-pounds. He's long with 34" inch arm length and moves pretty well (5.23 forty, 4.64 short shuttle at NFL Combine). Mewhort will likely settle in at right tackle on Sundays. This is a good athlete for the position. He gets off the ball well, is strong and excels in the run game. Mewhort shows pretty agile feet to slide and move in pass pro."

Mewhort came to Columbus from Toledo (Ohio) St. John's Jesuit and ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 11 offensive tackle. He played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2010 and cracked the starting lineup for the first time in 2011 with starts at both right guard and left guard. Upon the arrival of head coach Urban Meyer, Mewhort switched to left tackle, where he remained for the rest of his career.

Mewhort becomes the 409th NFL Draft pick in Ohio State history and joins first-round selections Ryan Shazier and Bradley Roby and second-round pick Hyde as Buckeyes to be taken in 2014.

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