Myers offers an appealing combination of athleticism and football smarts
Teams looking to improve the interior of their offensive line will have plenty of options at guard and center to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Josh Myers. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the former Ohio State center.
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Josh Myers Draft Profile
College: Ohio State
Over two years as a starter, Myers established himself as the leader of one of the nation’s top offensive lines. A savvy technician, he combines good athleticism with a great sense of angles. He shows good snap-and-step quickness on reach blocks as well as good range when asked to move out into space. He worked in sync with his guards on combo blocks, with an excellent feel for when and where to climb to the second level. He was excellent in the screen game for the Buckeyes, showing an ability to get out and land blocks in space. He has good length for a pivot and plays with quick feet and natural balance as a pass protector; he is able to hold his own against quickness. He’ll have no problem handling protection calls at the next level.
Despite solid size, Myers had issues anchoring and maintaining blocks against bigger defensive tackles, and he’ll likely have similar issues against big nose tackles in the NFL. He tends to play high and doesn’t pack a lot of power in his lower body or have great core flexibility. That, combined with good but not great movement skills, limits his upside. He was surrounded by a lot of talent in Columbus, and the fact that his linemates were almost always better than the opposing defensive line made life easy.
Myers might not have an elite physical profile, but he’s mobile enough to play in a zone-based scheme and can hold his own in a gap-power scheme. He’s a good bet to be able to start early and become a mainstay in the middle of an NFL offensive line, with his ceiling being a few Pro Bowl appearances along the way.
Final Grade: 2nd round