2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Josh Myersby Mason Thompson April 24, 2021 0 comments
Ohio State has consistently produced starting linemen in the NFL. That doesn’t end this year as both Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers are entering the league. Myers originally started as a guard during his time with the Buckeyes but projects best as a center at the next level. With Creed Humphrey, Landon Dickerson, and Quinn Meinerz already in the conversation on days one and two, Myers will likely be the fourth center off the board next weekend.
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Name: Josh Myers
Position: Interior Offensive Line
School: Ohio State
Class: Redshirt Junior
Weight: 312 lbs
Pass Blocking (8.25/10)
Myers is a solid pass blocker. He will always try to chip in and help his other teammates if he isn’t blocking anyone one-on-one himself. There seemed to be times where Myers was one of the only linemen to hold his block at times during the Indiana game, where Justin Fields was running for his life.
Run Blocking (9/10)
He is a great run blocker. Myers is quick out of his stance and can move his first target out of the way and go up to the next level.
Myers has trouble when he goes against speed rushers and oncoming blitzers. He doesn’t have the speed to keep up with them and will simply let them by in hopes the running back will block them before getting to his quarterback.
His balance is a bit of a concern. When he works his way up to the second level, he will often find himself on the ground. Defenders make Myers look like a bit of a liability at times at the second level when he is stumbling.
Myers has good strength. When he helps out his other linemen, the defender doesn’t have a chance.
There weren’t many times where Myers put his defender on the ground and finished him off. The defender was somewhat out of the play, but one wrong cutback, and the defender makes the tackle. Myers keeps his hands inside and didn’t get called for many holding penalties.
Myers played a few games at guard during his redshirt freshman season, but he will play center in the NFL. Him making the move to guard could be a bit concerning, but Myers at center is perfect because he can work in tandem with the guards and see everything happen in front of him at the center of the field.
Football IQ (8.5/10)
In the run game, there isn’t much of an issue. In pass blocking, Myers can be a bit late at diagnosing blitzes. Against Indiana, there were multiple delayed blitzes, and Myers couldn’t pick them up or had a miscommunication between him and the running back as to which defender to block.
Myers creates a lot of push in the run game. Interior defenders don’t get by him often when he is in pass protection.
Competitive Toughness (5/5)
Myers played some of the 2020 season with a nasty turf toe injury that worsened as he played. He could have opted out for the rest of the season to prepare for his offseason, but he decided to finish the season.
Myers had to have surgery this offseason on a foot injury he had during the 2020 season. He played through the injury.
Myers is a solid day two draft pick. He ranks as my fourth center in the class, below Humphrey, Meinerz, and Dickerson. He can fit in any scheme, but a zone scheme could be best. Some concerns include his balance, lack of athleticism, and versatility, but Myers should have no issues translating to the NFL.
Final Grade (78.75/100): Mid Third Round