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INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Mewhort walked into the locker room at the Indianapolis Colts practice facility for the first time and found his locker. It's the one right next to Andrew Luck's. That might be a sign.
Mewhort, the Colts' 6-foot-6, 309-pound second-round pick out of Ohio State, says he can play anywhere on the line, including center. Mewhort took a few minutes during Colts rookie mini-camp to meet the media.
Here are some of his thoughts on joining the Colts:
Do you have any idea where you will be playing exactly on the line?
“I'm here to play offensive line. 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.”
What is it like to start your professional career?
“It's unbelievable. It's something that I've dreamed about since I was a little kid, and it's kind of closing one chapter and opening a new one. I'm really excited about it. This is a great organization and a bunch of great guys. The veterans have been awesome, especially the O-line room. So I'm excited to be here. I know there's a winning culture here and I'm just really glad to be a part of it.”
Is it going to be tough learning multiple positions?
“Yeah, it's going to be a challenge. It's something though that I embrace. That's kind of always been my thing is versatility. It's something I brought here with me and I think coach (Joe) Gilbert knows that I can absorb and learn fast and play a bunch of different positions, and I think that makes me more valuable as an offensive lineman. I don't specifically know where I'll be playing, but I'll be an offensive lineman for the Colts and that's all that matters to me.”
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson mentioned that you bring a nasty streak. What does that mean?
“You would have to ask him, he's the guy that said it. I like to finish plays, I like to make sure my guys are away from the tackle and finishing is a big part of my game so that may have something to do with it. 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.”
You were part of a good power running game at Ohio State. Do you feel like that's something that you do well blocking-wise?
“Yeah, at Ohio State we ran a bunch of different schemes so I think I can play in a lot of different systems. I know they pride themselves here on their power running game, they call it an 'attitude play.' So that's something that I'm excited about. I love to run power, just the aggressive nature of it is something that appeals to me. So I'm really looking forward to getting in there and being a part of that.”
Is there a position on the offensive line that is easier than the others?
“I think guard is a little bit easier for me and my abilities. I'm not the greatest on the edge in protection, so being in there at guard gives me, you know, I'm between two guys, 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. Like I said, I'm learning all positions and I want to be able to go where they point me and play at a high level.”
Is joining a team that is established with Andrew Luck a nice situation to come in to?
“I think it's always cool coming into a situation where you know there's a lot of talented guys and like I said, a lot of guys to learn from. He's a guy I've watched through college and through the NFL, so I know he's a talented player. Like I said, I'm excited to be here and just be a part of it. I think he's going to lead this team to great places and I'm excited to be a part of it.”