Nothing makes a bigger impression during a job interview than being able to display one’s skills for potential employers.
And that is exactly what Ohio State University offensive lineman Jack Mewhort spent last week doing by participating in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, where he competed against the best senior football players in the entire country during a week of practices and finally, the Senior Bowl itself.
“It’s very competitive,” Mewhort said of the Senior Bowl experience. “There were a lot of good players out here. Everybody’s good at their trade, so it’s good to gauge myself and see where I stand. There’s a lot of decision-makers here, so it’s good to get in front of them and show them who I am as a football player and as a person.
“You’ve got to look at it as a tryout. A lot of decision-makers are here, and all eyes are on you. You’re getting coached by an NFL coaching staff, so you’ve got to come out here with a game mentality, be prepared, lean on your techniques and perform well.”
During the week of practice leading up to the Senior Bowl, the 6-foot-6, 308-pound Mewhort was focused on displaying his versatility, which served him well at Ohio State. While playing for the Buckeyes, Mewhort saw time at left and right guard, as well as left tackle.
As he continues to make preparations to play at the NFL level, Mewhort is focused on doing what is best for whatever team drafts him.
“When people ask me that, I just tell them, ‘I play offensive line,’ because I really believe I can play anywhere,” Mewhort said. “I have experience playing center, guard and tackle, so I’m an offensive lineman. That’s what I do. Just point me in the right direction and I’ll go full-speed.”
Although change is something Mewhort had to deal with at Ohio State, where he played three different positions for three coaches -- Jim Tressel, Luke Fickell and Urban Meyer -- in his four years in Columbus, being coached by an NFL staff was unfamiliar territory for the future professional offensive lineman. However, it was something he enjoyed as the week went on.
“It’s an adjustment, mentally,” Mewhort said. “It’s all football at the next level and that’s what we experienced here. Every second of the day is geared towards football, and when you love the game, that’s the fun part of it. There’s no school to worry about, just straight ball, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
And Mewhort, a graduate of St. John’s Jesuit in his native Toledo, has an idea of where he would like to ply his craft in the NFL.
“My dad was a big Detroit sports fan, but just being in Ohio and going to Ohio State, I’ve had my eye on the Browns and some of my favorite players play there,