The Green Bay Packers made a significant investment in the center position when they selected Ohio State IOL Josh Myers in the second round of the NFL draft.
He was an accomplished/high-pedigree center coming out of Ohio State. Myers was a first-team All-Big 10 selection during the 2020 season. He earned second-team All-Big 10 in 2019. Myers was also a USA Today High School All-American. So it’s safe to say the franchise was impressed with the resume as much as they were with Myers’ tape.
The rookie center was tasked with replacing a first-team All-Pro, Corey Linsley, from day one. Thus far, Myers has impressed both 12 and the front office alike.
With just two starts under his belt, Myers has more than held his own. He’s the highest graded rookie offensive lineman in the NFL at the moment. Small sample size, but it’s hard to ask for more than that from the young interior lineman.
Myers appears to be more comfortable as a run blocker at this point, but he hasn’t looked outmatched in pass protection either. He has the athletic traits that you can’t teach and impressive size for the position (6-foot-5, 310 pounds). His versatility makes him all the more valuable, but it’s safe to say that center is going to be his home moving forward.
Luckily for Myers, he has a chance to learn from one of the best kept secrets in the NFL, Adam Stenavich. Myers still needs to clean up his technique and continue progressing in pass protection, but it’s hard to get too nit-picky with a rookie just getting his feet wet.
The Packers appear to have made the right choice moving on from Linsley. While Myers may not be as talented of a player as Linsley, he’s cheaper and under contract for the next four seasons. It may not happen overnight, but I won’t be shocked if we see Myers in the Pro Bowl during his rookie contract.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst has had great success drafting offensive linemen in his tenure, and Josh Myers looks to be another home run.