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Possible Pick: Mewhort Could Shore Up Right Tackle Spot
(Editor’s Note: Heading into the upcoming NFL Draft, held May 8-10, DallasCowboys.com will take a closer look at the prospects, including some that could be potential fits with the Cowboys. Today’s featured player is Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort).
Name: Jack Mewhort
Position: Offensive Tackle/Guard
College: Ohio State
Honors: As the Buckeyes’ starting left tackle, Mewhort was named third-team All-America and second-team All-Big Ten (behind likely top 10 pick Taylor Lewan) in 2013. He was honorable mention for All-Big Ten as a tackle in 2012, and he was honorable mention All-Big Ten as a guard in 2011.
Key stat: Much like Alabama's Barrett Jones last year, Mewhort has proven himself not only durable but flexible. He started 39 straight games for the Buckeyes, where he played right guard, left guard and left tackle.
Where He’s Projected: Mewhort is considered a notch or two below the elite tackles in this draft, like Lewan, Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews. He still has the resume and the measurables to merit a high selection. His athleticism might limit him to the right tackle spot, and with that in mind he’s commonly slotted in the third or fourth round.
How He Helps the Cowboys: Typically, when we talk about the Cowboys drafting an offensive lineman, it’s a guard who can shore up the depth issues inside. Mewhort seems more likely to remain as a tackle, and most people see him as a right tackle. That could work well for the Cowboys, as Doug Free is preparing to start the last year of his contract. He could study behind the veteran for a year and possibly assume the starting spot if Free parts ways with the team next year.
Scout’s Take: Most noticeably, Mewhort has excellent size with functional strength – he could use more power in his lower body but should develop. Has long arms and strong hands. Will carry his man down inside. Gets movement with upper body power. Can wall off position himself for block.