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Josh Myers NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Green Bay Packers OL

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Ohio State offensive lineman Josh Myers plays against Nebraska during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Jay LaPrete/Associated Press

HEIGHT: 6'5 1/4"

WEIGHT: 310

             

POSITIVES

—Large frame with a well-rounded, muscular build.

—Above-average short-area quickness and movement skills.

—Shows command pre-snap to make the calls and correctly adjust the Mike point when needed.

—Active and alert when in pass protection to decipher the blitz and provide timely help to linemates when uncovered.

—Takes solid angles to line up his target on back blocks and intersect backers off of zone combo blocks.

               

NEGATIVES

—Marginal use of hands; oftentimes inaccurate and late, providing easy access to his frame and is too easily shed.

—Slow to establish leverage and control with his hands, especially at the first level against stout interior run defenders.

—Doesn’t show much fluidity or recovery balance to regain leverage after getting knocked off of a block.

—Had significant struggles against Rutgers in 2020, especially matched up against tilted nose tackle Julius Turner (6'0", 265 pounds), losing several reps cleanly in the run game.

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2020 STATISTICS

—Seven starts

—First Team All-Big 12

 NOTES

—21 career starts at center.

—Comes from a family of athletes; mother is in the University of Dayton Hall of Fame as a basketball player, father played on the O-line at the University of Kentucky and brother played for the Wildcats until 2016.

—Received a scholarship from Ohio State as a freshman in high school and was ranked as the top player in the state of Ohio as a senior.

—Played exclusively at guard in a wing-T offense and in a pinch defensive tackle at Miamisburg High School, in Ohio.

—Training with Duke Manyweather to prepare for the draft near Dallas.

              

OVERALL

Myers has started the last two seasons at center for a Buckeyes team that hasn’t lost a conference game during that span and finished with a 20-2 record. Myers has the desired size with above average short-area quickness for guard (his high school position) with the smarts to handle the pre-snap phase and process twists and late-loopers as a center. He does a nice job with his spatial awareness when uncovered, providing an alert, physical presence to cover the "A" gaps while excelling most as a run-blocker on combo blocks climbing to the second level to pick off linebackers.

He shows some flashes of being able to gain control and sustain his blocks using his size and girth to wall off defenders, but he struggles to create consistent leverage with his hands because of erratic timing and hand placement. This results in him falling off of too many blocks late in the rep while also making him susceptible to losing quickly against quicker defenders that are skilled with their hands.

He needs to improve his overall technique but has the frame, quality experience, athletic ability and demeanor that make him worth getting into a veteran OL room that can help support his growth as a player, especially if he starts right away.

              

GRADE: 7.5/10 (Round 3-4)

OVERALL RANK98/300

POSITION RANK: IOL14

PRO COMPARISON: Spencer Long

              

Written by B/R NFL Scout Brandon Thorn