C Josh Myers, Ohio State
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Miamisburg, OH (Miamisburg)
247 RATING: .9757
POSITION RANK: 6
GAMES PLAYED/STARTED: 23/13
GAMES PLAYED/STARTED: 13/13
Josh Myers Breakdown
Josh Myers came to Ohio State as a run-blocking guard with a mean streak. He made the transition to center last year, and gives the Buckeyes a leader who’s willing to put in the work on and off the field to make his team successful. Ohio State returns one of the best offensive lines in the country, and it all starts with Myers.
When he came to campus, Myers brought a mean mentality with him. He didn’t lose it, and it helps him compete every snap. Myers goal every play is to plant his man into the turf and to break them down with his physical play. Even if he doesn’t use the best leverage, his strength gives him a chance to recover and win that matchup. As the game goes on, a defender that continues to get worked by Myers will eventually cave mentally, and that creates larger openings for the run game.
His teammates love his work ethic, and many of them note that they see Myers watching film with the coaching staff or by himself. He works hard in the film room to identify certain tendencies from the opposing defense or players he might face in the trenches. That knowledge made him a better player as the season went on last year. He’s still learning the position, but he’s taking the necessary steps to become more consistent. The scary part of that is that he already received NFL attention in just a year of experience.
Ohio State’s offensive line brings a mean mentality to the games, and that starts with their center. He came to campus as a run-first blocker, but has worked on his pass protection as well. A knack for learning the playbook and identifying tendencies from opponents will elevate his draft stock after this year, and a return to the College Football Playoff seems inevitable with a guy like Myers leading the way.