The Green Bay Packers did an excellent job keeping their core players from the 2020 season, with the unfortunate exception of the loss of center Corey Linsley. Linsley, who played his best season in 2020, proved too expensive for the Packers. After having one of the best offensive lines in the league, the Packers had a vital position suddenly open.
Fortunately, the Packers found their replacement on the second day of the draft: replacing Linsley with … Linsley?
The Packers replaced their former Ohio State center with a new one, selecting Josh Myers with the 62nd pick.
Hilariously announced by former Michigan Wolverine Rashan Gary, Myers fills a need and was a great value for Green Bay. At 6’5″ and with 32″ arm length, he brings great size to the Packers’ offensive line, and he hasn’t the positional versatility the Packers like; he was recruited out of high school as a tackle (though he never actually played there in college) and can play both guard spots.
Interestingly, the very next pick was Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey. Whether the Kansas City Chiefs or Green Bay Packers took the stronger center only time will tell.
Need and value collided in the second round for the Packers. Myers is a plug-and-play starter immediately at center and can play guard as needed. While many expected the pick to be a tackle, this pick shores up the interior line and lets the Packers get creative with Elgton Jenkins, who has proved his ability to play anywhere on the line.
With David Bakhtiari coming off of injury, the team could roll with a starting lineup of Jenkins/Runyan/Myers/Patrick/Turner and move Jenkins anywhere needed once Bakhtiari returns.
Myers has played in big games against big competition in his collegiate career, including the national championship this past season.
The translation from Linsley to Myers wouldn’t be flawless, obviously, despite the obvious similarities and Myers best pro comparison being Linsley. Per the CheeseheadTV draft guide writer Owen Riese, “Myers’ experience in zone concepts should help his transition to the NFL, but Ohio State doesn’t run a lot of wide zone, so that would be an area where he’d have to adapt.”
That said, Myers has all the talent to protect Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love and can develop into a star, keeping the Packers’ oline dominant for years to come.
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