Washington Redskins Draft Profiles: Jack Mewhort, OT

Draft profile for the starting left tackle for THE Ohio State Buckeyes

Jack Mewhort

Offensive Tackle

Height: 6'6"  Weight: 309 lbs

40 Time: 5.37 secs

Bench: 28 reps

Ohio State

Strengths: He gets it. The guy is a pure OL prospect. He played left guard, right guard and finally, left tackle in his career at Ohio State. He was also an All-American center coming out of high school. Mewhort is built like a prototypical offensive tackle with long arms (34"), and he possesses a football I.Q. that is evident in his play.  He has the subtle quickness necessary to angle his body to open up running lanes or seal the edge.  In pass protection he is as good of a rookie prospect in blitz and stunt pickup as there is in this draft. Run blocking is his strength where he drives through blocks, seals defenders, and progresses through the second level as needed. Strong leadership skills and will be a fan favorite in front of a mic (at least if his tweets are a good indicator).

Weaknesses: Struggles when having to anchor on the bull rush. He often gets pushed back into the QB in pass pro situations.  His anchoring problem stems from a tendency to play high and tight in pass protection.  In his two years at tackle, Mewhort played in a read-option heavy system at Ohio State with Braxton Miller at quarterback.  Easy to see his proficiency in the rushing attack but difficult to gauge his abilities in a conventional pass pro scheme. He lost his scholarship in 2012 after being arrested for public urination and running from the police.

Bottom Line: I'm taking him ahead of Kouandjio and Moses in the 2nd round. His passion gives him an edge. Jack Mewhort is the type of competitor who will drive a block past the whistle. He has a touch of 'nasty' about him but it's just a touch. He will blow up a guy when needed but needs to work on sustaining that mentality for an entire game.  He will likely play a year or two at right tackle and then transition to the left if a team needs him there.

Projected Round: Late 2nd

Teams He Fits Best On: Redskins, Panthers, Texans

Highlight Reel: vs. Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Went against Clemson star Vic Beasley for the majority of the game. People will point to Beasley's 4 TKFL and say he beat Mewhort, but the tape shows that Jack held his own against Beasley consistently. Watch Mewhort sustain his blocks and even drop Beasley to the ground from 4:30-5:30.

Jack Mewhort (LT Ohio State) vs Clemson 2013 (via Andrew Worstell)

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