Rookie Jack Mewhort doesn’t know yet which position he will play on the Colts offensive line next season. But his locker location indicates he may be snapping the football to quarterback Andrew Luck. Mewhort arrived at the Colts complex to find his locker assignment just left of Luck’s, the locker vacated by former starting center Samson Satele.
“I think that’s a pretty good one to have,” said Mewhort on the first day Colts rookie camp. “It’s really cool and a guy I know I can learn a lot from, the way he works, so I’m excited to be here, excited to be seated next to one of the great ones.”
Mewhort, the Colts second round draft pick (59th overall), signed his first NFL contract Friday. He wore a blue number 75 jersey for the start of a three-day rookie camp. Mewhort took reps at both center and guard as the Colts avoided the rain practicing on the indoor field.
“I’m here to play offensive line,” said Mewhort. “I’ve played a lot of different positions through my years of football and that’s what I intend to do here. I want to learn them all so that if there’s ever a situation where they need me, I’ll be ready for it.”
The Colts need interior linemen, including a new starting center. Mewhort played in 49 career games at Ohio State, closing his college career with 39 consecutive starts. He started 26 games at left tackle as a junior and senior. He started five games at left guard and eight more at right guard his sophomore season.
“I think guard is a little bit easier for me and my abilities,” said Mewhort. “I’m not the greatest on the edge in protection, so being in there at guard, I’m between two guys, and it makes it a little bit easier. I think at the end of the day if they need me to plug in and play tackle I could eventually do it.”
The 6-foot-6, 309 pounder from Toledo, Ohio, is not hard to spot on the field.
“No, no not at all,” said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who called Mewhort “Mr. Incredible”. Mewhort does bear a resemblance to the Disney blonde haired, muscle bound animated movie character.
“He’s doing a great job,” said Pagano. “It’s everything we expected. Obviously, we did our homework on the young man and he’s got a presence about him. It’s not too big for him. (He’s) very, very bright, loves the game, loves football and he’s got the measurables you’re looking for.”
“I like to finish plays,” said Mewhort. “I like to make sure my guy isn’t the one making the tackle. I like to say that I have a switch. I can be laid back off the field, but when I get between those lines I’m all business.”
Mewhort served as a team captain for the Buckeyes last year and was part of an offense that set school records for the most points scored (637), rushing yards (4,321) and total touchdowns (83). Now he takes his game one state west.
“It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was a little kid,” said Mewhort. “It’s kind of closing one chapter and opening a new one. I know there’s a winning culture here. I’m just really glad to be a part of it.”At Ohio State, Mewhort was a consensus All-America selection and added second-team accolades from Walter Camp, The NFL Draft Report, The Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated and the Football Writers Association in addition to being a first-team choice by ESPN. Mewhort was named a First Team All-Big Ten Conference choice and was a candidate for the Outland Trophy.