Mewhort: 'I'm here to play offensive line'

INDIANAPOLIS -- Don’t try to label Indianapolis Colts rookie Jack Mewhort as a tackle. Don’t try to say he’s a guard, either. Same goes with center.

Mewhort, the Colts’ second-round draft pick, doesn’t look at himself as a one-position player.

"I’m here to play offensive line," Mewhort said. "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."

Mewhort is familiar with all the positions on the offensive line. He was an All-American center coming out of high school. He played guard during the 2011 season at Ohio State before switching to tackle during his final two seasons with the Buckeyes.

But this is the NFL where the competition along the defensive line is bigger, stronger, faster and smarter. And Mewhort has to soak in the knowledge of how to play the different positions on the offensive line.

Guard is likely the position that Mewhort has the best chance to play because the Colts are established at tackle with Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus.

"Yeah, it’s going to be a challenge," he said. "It’s something, though, that I embrace. That’s kind of always been my thing, is versatility. ... I think that makes me more valuable as an offensive lineman."

Mewhort has a valued space inside the Colts’ locker room. His locker is right next to quarterback Andrew Luck. He ended a trend where the starting center had the locker next to the quarterback. Jeff Saturday and Peyton Manning were next to each other and Samson Satele, the Colts’ former starting center, used to be next to Luck.

"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," Mewhort said. "He’s a guy I’ve watched through college and through the NFL, so I know he’s a talented player. I think he’s going to lead this team to great places and I’m excited to be a part of it."