The Green Bay Packers did not move up in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and with a glut of highly-rated players slipping in round two, Brian Gutekunst chose to stand pat once again in the second round on Friday evening. A group of wide receivers and offensive linemen fitting the Packers’ preferences were still available into the late 50s, leaving the Packers with plenty of options near the end of round two.
But with a hole at center thanks to the departure of Corey Linsley in free agency, the Packers elected to fill it with another Ohio State center seven years after drafting Linsley out of Columbus. With the 62nd pick, the Packers have selected offensive lineman Josh Myers.
Myers anchored the Buckeyes’ line for two years and helped the team to an appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship game this January. He also worked next to Wyatt Davis, grandson of Hall of Famer Willie Davis, who should hear his name called soon.
There are no workout numbers on Myers from Ohio State’s Pro Day, unfortunately; a turf toe injury that kept him from participating in Senior Bowl practices also cost him his movement drills in Columbus. However, he is an imposing physical presence on the interior at 6-foot-5-1/4 and 310 pounds. Myers earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this fall, playing in all but one game for the Buckeyes (he missed that game due to a positive COVID-19 test).
Presumably Myers can slot in at center immediately for the Packers, which will allow them to leave Lucas Patrick at right guard and Elgton Jenkins at left guard — unless the team sees a move to tackle in Jenkins’ future.