Packers get high grade for Josh Myers pick in second round

Josh Myers (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Josh Myers (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

It’s come full circle for the Green Bay Packers at center.

In 2014, they drafted Corey Linsley out of Ohio State. After seven great seasons in Green Bay including a first-team All-Pro last year before leaving in free agency, the Packers needed to find a replacement. They’ve again turned to Ohio State to select Josh Myers in the second round.

The offensive line has been a strength of this team for many years so it’s no surprise to see them strengthen the line again with Linsley gone.

While many would’ve liked a wide receiver here, it’s hard not to like this pick.

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While it may come as a slight surprise the pick wasn’t Creed Humphrey here, who instead went one selection later to the Kansas City Chiefs, I’m not going to doubt the Packers when it comes to drafting offensive linemen.

This team has been very, very good at finding talented linemen in the draft. And that includes Brian Gutekunst when he made arguably the pick of the entire draft class two years ago by selecting Elgton Jenkins in the second round.

And there’s a lot to like about Myers’ potential.

According to Pro Football Focus, Myers played all 1,511 snaps at center while at Ohio State. Of those, 755 were pass-blocking snaps, and he allowed only six sacks.

Matt Miller of The Draft Scout had high praise for Myers before the draft.

Now he gets to join a line loaded with talent including an All-Pro left tackle in David Bakhtiari and a Pro Bowl guard in Elgton Jenkins. Maybe Jenkins can now move permanently to tackle with second-year Jon Runyan Jr. moving into a full-time role at guard.

Myers is a talented player and can start early on, but picking him also gives the Packers more flexibility with how they use Jenkins, Runyan, and Billy Turner.

This pick addresses a need and gives the team more flexibility at the other positions. Green Bay gets a talented offensive lineman who can play at center or guard, and ensures the line remains one of the team’s biggest strengths.

A lot to love about this pick.