The Green Bay Packers selected Josh Myers with the 62nd overall pick. Let’s take a look at what he can bring to Green Bay’s offensive line.
The Green Bay Packers had one of the best offensive lines in football this past season. That line took a bit of a hit when starting center, Corey Linsley signed with the Los Angeles Chargers in free agency.
The Packers may have found Linsley’s replacement with the 62nd pick by taking fellow Ohio State center, Josh Myers.
“I was so excited,” Myers said. “It’s hard for me to even put into words what that feeling was like…The biggest rush of emotion I’ve ever felt in my life.”
With the departure of Linsley, the Packers have an opening at center. Linsley was the anchor of Green Bay’s offensive line since the Packers selected him in the fifth round. Myers could be the starting center for the Packers for the next decade-plus.
“He will certainly have an opportunity to compete for a starting spot,” Matt Malaspina the Packers director of college scouting said.
Myers was a 21-game starter for Ohio State. He was First-Team All-Big 10 this past season and was voted team captain.
“His sturdiness,” Malaspina said. “His demeanor. His positive energy…He’s a guy that other guys gravitate towards.”
Myers checks in at 6-5, 310 pounds. With his size (6’5” 306 pounds) and the energy he plays with, Myers can overwhelm defenders at the point of attack. He has a powerful frame with strong hands that stun defensive lineman.
Myers needs to refine his technique in pass protection. According to Pro Football Focus, Myers gave up six sacks over the last two seasons.
“By his own admission, the toughest transition for him was becoming a pass blocker, because that wasn’t something he was asked to do much at that level,” Austin Ward, the Ohio State football reporter for Letterman Row said. “It took him a year or so to get comfortable before he earned his starting job and never looked back. The stats might not tell the full story with Myers, because it’s hard to ever remember him losing one-on-one matchups and picking up the interior blitzes that Ohio State faced with regularity is more of a unit assignment than an individual one.”
Myers is a natural leader and was the anchor of one of the best offensive lines in college football this past season. Those leadership skills and high football IQ will translate to the next level, where he could develop into the anchor of Green Bay’s offensive line, much like Linsley did.
“He’s really clean and aggressive,” Malaspina said. “He moves big people and he moves people out there…We are excited to bring him in and what he brings to this organization…We anticipate good things.”
Myers has the versatility to play center or guard. After losing Linsley in free agency it’s a safe bet that the Packers view Linsley as a center, but he could play right guard and have Lucas Patrick play center.
“I love the physicality of it,” Myers on playing center. “You have to be a leader and make calls…I just fell in love with the position.”
The Athletic’s Dane Brugler pegged Myers as the third-best center in the NFL Draft. Here is what Brugler had to say about Myers.
Myers is a square, instinctive blocker with the core strength and competitive juices that allow him to consistently finish blocks. A guard in a run-only offense in high school, he is still developing his pass-protection skills and will struggle at times versus quick-handed rushers. Overall, Myers isn’t an elite athlete for the position and needs to cut back on the aggressive leaning, but he brings the desired levels of toughness, smarts and execution to start in the NFL, projecting as a guard or center.
A starting offensive line of David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Myers, Lucas Patric-Jon Runyan, Billy Turner has the potential to be one of the best offensive lines in football. By selecting Myers, the Packers strengthened the Great Wall of Lambeau.