INDIANAPOLIS – There was no first round drama for the Colts during the 2014 NFL Draft, but the hoped to make some noise on the second day of selections.
Would Ryan Grigson move so picks or stay put with is second round selection at No. 59 and third round pick at No. 90 or would he pull off yet another trade since he’s been with the franchise.
We’ll at least he will hold on to his second round selection.
With his 59th pick the Colts selected Jack Mewhort, an offensive tackle from Ohio State . He was announced by former Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Later in the evening, the Colts picked up wide receiver Donte Moncrief from Mississippi with the 90th pick in the third round.
After waiting out the first night without a draft pick, Grigson was happy to finally happy to make a few selections in a quiet draft in which he holds just five selections.
“It was interesting. You just got to sit there and we were all dressed up kind of with no place to go,” said Grigson of the first night. “We were sitting there watching everyone come off and it was still good just to go through the process and just get a feel for guys who were coming off, and setting your board and getting everything lined up for today.”
What they got with Mewhort was a reliable offensive tackle who was a consistent piece on the line during a strong era for Ohio State football. He was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes including a stretch where they won 24 games in a row. After his senior season he was named to various first and second team All-American lists.
Beyond the accolades, however, Grigson was most impressed with Mewhort’s versatility on the line which could prove valuable in helping to protect Andrew Luck.
“We just watched him play the other day as a sophomore against all those high picks at Florida, really played well at guard. Thought he played well at tackle as well. And at the Senior Bowl was the moment where we thought, ‘Wow, this Mewhort guy, he might really rise after this’ after that game,” said Grigson. “So we were really happy. We’ve really legitimately had him earmarked for a long time and we’re really happy we have him. I think he brings versatility, toughness, strength, played at a high level at a high-level program where they’re used to winning.
“So I think he fits our culture very well.”
Head coach Chuck Pagano says the Colts will give Mewhort a look at a number of positions once he arrives at the complex and goes through workouts with the line.
“He has played them all, and so we’ll get him in here and it’ll figure itself out, but we’ll find him a spot to start at and then let him go to work,” said Pagano of Mewhort. “He’s a dang good football player, and like Ryan said he’s big, he’s tough, he’s smart, he loves football, fits our culture, fits our environment. He’ll be great in our locker room. He’s a horseshoe guy.
“What I love, he’s got nasty, he’s tough, and you’ve got to have that on the offensive line. Extremely excited to have him on board.”
Moncrief comes to Indianapolis after three years with the Rebels, making 59 catches for 938 yards and six touchdowns during the 2013 season. While he still have some room to grow his game, Grigson pointed to Moncrief’s potential as the reason the team made the selection.
“He was one of the highest-rated guys on our board, and the size, the speed, the production in the SEC, and he’s still an underclassman. You’re talking about a guy that had a 16-yard average in the SEC career. He blocks. He had 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, six this year,” said Grigson. “He’s a guy that’s done a lot at a high level and he’s still young. He’s still got some things to learn. But you know, you can’t teach 6’2 ½”, 220 and runs 4.3, and you see it on the film.”
Finally the Colts got