Next up in the Unpacking a Future Packers countdown is Josh Myers. The Ohio State center checks in at number 55 in the countdown.
It was seven years ago that the Green Bay Packers selected Ohio State center, Corey Linsley in the fifth round. Linsley developed into one of the best centers in the NFL as he anchored the Great Wall of Lambeau.
Now with Linsley set to hit the open market, the Packers could be in the market for his replacement.
A player that the Packers could target in the draft to replace Linsley is fellow Buckeye, Josh Myers.
Myers was a two-year starter at center for the Buckeyes. He earned second-team All-Big 10 honors during the 2019 season.
“Quite simply, Josh Myers was the best center in the country based on what I saw,” Austin Ward, the Ohio State football reporter for Letterman Row said. “He was a trusted leader on the field for one of the most potent, diverse offensive attacks in the country, and a vocal tone-setter in the locker room. There was no doubt at all that Myers could do whatever the Buckeyes asked of him at an elite level.”
Myers is a road grader as a run blocker. Myers plays with a mean streak. He’s quick to get to the second level and displays excellent lateral quickness.
“Run blocking has always been his strength,” Ward said. “He’s powerful, he can move well and he’s got a nasty attitude. There will never be any doubts about his ability in the run game.”
With his size (6’5” 306 pounds) and the energy he plays with, Myers can overwhelm defenders at the point of attack.
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.
“Everything kind of flows through his passion for the game,” Ward said. “Myers was outspoken about being willing to sacrifice to play the game he loves last season, and those comments added to the push to get football back in the Big Ten last year. That fuels his workouts, the way he plays the game, everything that allows him to be one of the best players in the country.”
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,” Ward 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.”
Fit with the Packers
What the Packers starting offensive line will look like to start the 2021 season is going to be one of the most-watched storylines of the offseason and training camp.
Left tackle, David Bakhtiari may not be back in time for the start of the season, which likely means Billy Turner or Elgton Jenkins start the season at left tackle.
If Jenkins starts at tackle that opens up a spot at left guard. Will that be Jon Runyan, Lucas Patrick, or a draft pick?
If Linsley does walk, who starts at center if Jenkins is kicked out at left tackle? Would it be Patrick or a draft pick?
You get the point. There are a lot of moving parts with the Packers’ offensive line. With so many questions and little money to spend, one would assume that Brian Gutekunst will look to add an offensive lineman or two via the draft.
That’s where Myers comes in. Myers played guard in high school and it’s not out of the question that he could play there again in the NFL.
There is no doubt that Gutekunst will look to select lineman with position versatility. With his ability to play center or guard, Myers could be a target for the Packers in the third round or early on day three.