OL Chris Myers is sixth round choice

The Denver Broncos addressed the offensive line with their sixth round pick as they drafted Chris Myers from the University of Miami (Florida).

Official NFL Bio

Chris Myers
Position: Offensive Guard/Center/Tackle
College: Miami (Fla.)
Height: 6-4 5/8
Weight: 300
Hometown: Miami, Fla.

OVERVIEW

Myers has proven to be an invaluable commodity for the Hurricanes throughout his career due to his versatility. Originally recruited as an offensive guard, he has performed capably at every position on the Miami front line. Football has always been his No. 1 passion ever since he won the NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick competition as a youth. The nephew of former Miami football player Dennis Kelleher, Myers received glowing praises from the Hurricanes' coaching staff recently. The school has been known for producing blue chip linemen over the years, but Art Kehoe, Miami's assistant head coach/offensive line coach says, "Chris Myers has the temperament, work ethic and ability to be one of the best linemen I've ever coached."

Myers was an all-state offensive lineman at Palmetto High School. He was a Miami Herald Class 6A-5A All-Dade and all-state selection. Myers was listed as one of Florida's top players by recruiting analyst Bill Buchalter of the Orlando Sentinel. He was named the No. 6 offensive lineman in Florida on the Florida Times-Union Super 75 list. Myers was also listed among the top offensive linemen nationally by recruiting analyst Max Emfinger.

He redshirted in 2000 for the Hurricanes and saw seven games of action as a reserve guard in 2001. Myers started at right guard in 2002, registering 103 knockdowns. In 2003, he started 10 games at left guard and three contests at center, allowing only one sack while posting 44 knockdowns. He shifted to right guard in 2004 spring drills, but spent the season playing out of position at right tackle when injuries hit the UM front wall. Myers went on to post 62 knockdowns and allowed only 2.5 sacks for the season. He closed out his career with 38 consecutive starts.

ANALYSIS

Positives Has a tall frame with lean muscle development, long legs and can carry additional bulk … He is a functional player who plays with good effort and has the intangibles to be effective in whatever role he is given … Intelligent blocker with very good hand placement and reach blocking ability … Durable player who comes off the snap with good short area quickness, but could be more explosive … Has a good work ethic and an understanding for the game … Even though he will bend at the waist, he somehow has the ability to stay at a good pad level to quickly gain position, engage with good hand placement and maintain leverage while generating movement … Does a good job of releasing out on combos … Alert enough to locate targets and while not naturally powerful, he does show decent pop, is physical with his hands and has enough functional strength to sustain … Can hold the crease and positions himself well to sustain … Uses his hands and body effectively to wall off and hold the run lanes … Plays with good awareness and has a wide base with adequate lateral slide in pass protection … Not a natural hand puncher, but does work well to gain position … Above-average technician who keeps his head in front and stays square through his blocks … Knows how to sink his hips, drop his weight and maintain leverage in his anchor … Sets well with good awareness and reaction quickness to pick up stunts or blitzes … Has made big strides the last two years and if he can develop a more forceful hand punch and add weight to his frame, his versatility will make him a valuable sixth man on an NFL team's front wall.

Negatives Lacks the foot speed needed to cut off defenders at the second level … Not an explosive hip roller, lacking strength to drive his man off the ball … Plays on his feet working at the line, but his base gets too narrow when working into the second level … Will get pulled off his base occasionally, but can usually regain balance and keep positioning while battling throughout … Needs to play under control more consistently as he lunges into some blocks, will miss and be on the ground at times … More effective when he can grab and maul defenders, but when he had to reach and slide vs. the quicker edge rushers or moving fronts, he had some trouble … Has adequate lateral range to slide, but when he gets too high in his stance, he struggles to anchor … Must do a better job of angle blocking when working in space, as he does not always get in front of the linebackers … Better as a guard, as he struggles to readjust and mirror vs. the quicker pass rushers when working on the edge.

INJURY REPORT

2005 -- Suffered a right hamstring pull at the combine and again on March 3 during pro timing day on campus that prevented him from completing his agility tests.

AGILITY

Campus -- 5.15 in the 40-yard dash … 350-pound bench press … 445-pound squat … 308-pound power clean … 4.38 20-yard shuttle … 7.38 three-cone drill … 32-inch vertical jump … 8-foot-10 broad jump. Combine -- Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times … 32 3/8-inch arm length … 10 3/8-inch hands.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Palmetto (Miami, Fla.) High School, playing football for coach Bob Bowling … All-State offensive lineman and Miami Herald Class 6A-5A All-Dade and all-state pick … Listed as one of Florida's top players by recruiting analyst Bill Buchalter of the Orlando Sentinel … Named the No. 6 offensive lineman in Florida on the Florida Times-Union Super 75 list … Also listed among the top offensive linemen nationally by recruiting analyst Max Emfinger.

PERSONAL

History major … Nephew of former UM football player Dennis Kelleher … Son of Christopher and Bridgid Myers … Born Sept. 15, 1981 … Resides in Miami, Fla.

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