The Indianapolis Colts had interior line problems all last year. They struggled to protect Andrew Luck from the inside, and they struggled to gain any push in the running game. After investing a first-round pick for Trent Richardson and letting Luck get hit the highest number of times in the NFL last year, the Colts decided to address this issue.
In comes former left tackle Jack Mewhort out of Ohio State University. Mewhort is most likely going to kick inside to guard with Anthony Castonzo playing left tackle right now. Mewhort has experience playing all along the offensive line, but where he fits best is at guard.
Mewhort’s height posses some questions about the transition he can make to guard. He is 6-foot-6 which means he has a higher center of gravity. Teams typically want guards to be strong in the run game and having a lower center of gravity makes that a lot easier. With a lower center of gravity, a player can create leverage and generate a good push with heavier players typically playing on the inside. He also has long arms, which should help in the passing game because that can create space between him and the tackles.
Mewhort is athletic enough to reach block to the second level, but the Colts are going to have to teach him to stick his hands on the inside rather than the use the punch technique tackles usually employ. But when Mewhort was asked to double team a player he was able to dominate and drive the player back.
Knowing all of this, Mewhort should be expected to play right guard instead of left guard. Normally teams run to the right which means the left guard is going to pull, especially in the power run scheme of the Colts. Add that to the fact that last year Donald Thomas played well in a short period of time, and Mewhort should be a good fit at right guard.
Mewhort is going to be a good fit for this team. He is not a flashy player, but he gets the job done on a consistent basis. He also gives the Colts some flexibility in case of injury, because he has experience playing all along the offensive line. Mewhort should help with the interior pass protection thanks to his experience playing tackle. He can provide a boost in the running game too if the Colts use him and Khaled Holmes or Gosder Cherilus to double team interior defensive players and gain a push to the second level.
Mewhort has all the athletic ability to play it at a high level, and with better technique he could be a starter for the next ten years.