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Packers draft Ohio State C Josh Myers in the 2nd round

Green Bay picks an OSU center after OSU center Corey Linsley left in free agency
Ohio State offensive lineman Josh Myers plays against Rutgers during an NCAA college football...
Ohio State offensive lineman Josh Myers plays against Rutgers during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)(Jay LaPrete | AP)
Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 8:28 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - With the 62nd overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Packers picked Ohio State center Josh Myers.

Myers has a family history in football. Myers’ father and brother played football for Kentucky.

Myers is 6′5″ and 310 pounds. The OSU center is drafted with former OSU center Corey Linsley leaving the Packers this March through free agency.

Rashan Gary, a Packers draft pick in 2019, announced the choice.

The Packers have one more pick scheduled Friday night in the third round, the 92nd pick overall.

Myers becomes the Packers’ highest-drafted center since Green Bay took Jon Morris out of Holy Cross in 1964 (2nd round, #27 overall). According to Myers’ draft profile on NFL.com:

Overview

Future starting center with proportionally broad frame and good lean mass. Myers is battle-tested and has experience in most run-blocking schemes. He’s functional working into lateral positioning but is at his best on double teams and working up to linebackers to free the Buckeyes’ interior rushing attack. He’s not a natural bender and has trouble with contact balance when allowing defenders to get up under his pads. His size works to his advantage against power rushers but protection will become a little leaky when asked to slide and mirror against athletic edge attacks. Myers is solid but unspectacular with the talent to become an early starter.

Strengths

  • Broad and wide with proportional physique.
  • Mass to match with run-stuffing zero-techniques.
  • Makes the calls up front.
  • Processes moving fronts and adjusts work accordingly.
  • Stays active after contact, looking to improve positioning.
  • Slides feet/hips around defender to seal run lane.
  • Maintains eye contact with climb-up targets on second level.
  • Musters quality pop when throwing punch.
  • Ankle flexion for adequate anchor versus bull rushers.
  • Widens out broad frame to protect A-gaps.

Weaknesses

  • Allows defenders’ hands into his frame too often.
  • Plays too straight-legged into block engagement.
  • Feet are more choppy than drive-oriented through contact.
  • Average success rate as outside zone blocker.
  • Inconsistent use of hands to help capture lateral positioning.
  • Needs to maintain better posture in pass sets.
  • Hands got washed away by active, well-schooled opponents.
  • Will need to punch and reset to prevent rush leakage at his edge.
  • Slow reaction time to recover and redirect.

In the first round Thursday night, the Packers picked Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes, with an eye towards the 2022 season. The Packers have just two corners under contract for that season: Jaire Alexander and Kadar Hollman.

Packers 2021 NFL Draft order

Round 1: 30 (30th overall)

Round 2: 30 (62nd overall)

Round 3: 29 (92nd overall)

Round 4: 30 (135th overall)

Round 4: 37 (142nd overall)

Round 5: 29 (173rd overall)

Round 5: 34 (178th overall)

Round 6: 30 (214th overall)

Round 6: 36 (220th overall)

Round 7: 29 (256th overall)

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