Posted: 6:00 am Friday, April 25th, 2014

Falcons’ draft board: Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort, who had a private workout with the Falcons after playing on the South squad in the Senior Bowl.

Player: Jack Mewhort

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Ohio State

Height and weight: 6-6, 309 pounds

Ohio State offensive linesman Jack Mewhort lines up against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Ohio State offensive linesman Jack Mewhort lines up against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Combine numbers:  5.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 28 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 26-inch vertical jump; 8-5 broad jump, 4.64 in shuttle and 7.79 in the three-cone drill. New England coach Bill Belickick on the three-cone drill: “I think it gives you some evaluation of the combination of his lateral movement and his vertical movement.”

Projected Round: He’s the 9th offensive tackle in the draft and projected to be selected in the third round by NFLDraftScout.com.

Career Highlights: He started his career playing some left and right guard for the Buckeyes. He started at left tackle for 26 games over the past two seasons. “He has a chance to be a starter (as a right tackle),” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. “Could you kick him inside to center? He has a background in high school as a center. That’s a possibility as well.”

Quotes: “I see myself as an offensive lineman. I truly believe I can play any position on the offensive line. I played left tackle the last two years, I played guard in 2011, both guards at the Senior Bowl. I was an all-American center coming out of high school. You point me in the direction, tell me to play the position, I’ll do it as hard as I can go. …Versatility is huge in this league because I think you only carry seven (offensive) lineman on a 53-man roster. I think being able to play more than one position brings a lot of value to an organization.”

Falcons level on interest: High. The Falcons have set out to improve their line play this offseason. Coach Mike Smith said he wants to win the line of scrimmage and Mewhort has been tested in the Big Ten. His versatility is a plus.

Here is when the Falcons will select:

  • Round 1 – No. 6 overall
  • Round 2 – No. 37 overall
  • Round 3 – No. 68 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 103 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 139 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 5 – No. 147 overall
  • Round 6 – No. 182 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 220 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 253 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 7 – No. 255 overall (compensatory)

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

--A look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look at Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

–A look at Alabama S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

–A look at Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman

–A look at Boston College QB Chase Rettig

–A look at Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

 

2 comments
SOB
SOB

Mewhort or Bob Newhart. Nothing is going to change until the head coach is fired. With a decent draft (not likely) we might be 6 -10. Regime change! Ole!

slydawg
slydawg

"Coach Mike Smith said he wants to win the line of scrimmage and Mewhort has been tested in the Big Ten."

Newsflash to the Falcons: Here lately, the Big Slow 10 has not won the line of scrimmage since 2003. And even then it was Miami. How many championship games do we all need to witness to keep seeing that same scenario play out?


However, considering what we have now, Mewhort would be a worthy pick to play right tackle and some guard or center. I see the Falcons drafting him in the 3rd barring a better player still on the board.