The Green Bay Packers got some much-needed offensive line help with their first pick on day two of the 2021 NFL draft with the second-round selection of Ohio State center Josh Myers with the No. 62 overall pick.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Myers, 22, started 21 games in his final two seasons in Columbus, earning first-team all-Big Ten honors in 2020. A team captain, Myers can play all three interior offensive line positions, director of college scouting Matt Malaspina said.
The Packers opted for Myers over two other highly regarded centers who were still on the board in Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey and UW-Whitewater’s Quinn Meinerz, and Malaspina said Myers will have a chance to start as a rookie.
“He’s a great kid. He’s smart, he’s tough, he’s strong. Typical Ohio State guy,” Malaspina said. “It’s really important for Josh to be another great offensive lineman out of Ohio State — which he is. He played center but he’s an athletic kid, he’s big, he’s really strong. (Versatility) is not an issue at all.”
Athletic and tough, Myers’ football intelligence is off-the-charts. Malaspina said despite his height, Myers is able to combine power and the ability to bend.
“You always want to have big guys,” Malaspina said. “It just comes down in his particular case (to) the wiring, the movement skills. He just happened to be 6-5, which is great.
“I worked with (Ohio State head coach) Ryan (Day) in San Francisco, so I’m familiar with that staff. I saw Ohio State versus Michigan State and Northwestern … what stood out for me was just his way, his sturdiness, his demeanor, his positive energy. You’re not a team captain at a place like that and you go hide in a corner. He moves big people, and you feel him out there. I can’t express to you how excited we are to bring him in. He’ll have to earn it like everybody else, but things are stacked in his favor that he’s the right kind of guy you want to go out there with. We’ll see what happens.”
The Packers had a need at center after allowing another ex-Buckeyes offensive lineman, Corey Linsley, depart as a free agent after seven seasons in Green Bay. Linsley, the NFL’s first-team all-pro center in 2020 who signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers, wore No. 71 and played center at Ohio State — just as Myers did.
“I do know Corey (Linsley). I've watched him play over the years on film. I've seen him in passing several times at Ohio State,” Myers said. “It would mean everything to me to come in (succeed him). To follow him up is a big task that I'm excited to get a shot at.”