While most teams regarded Robert Myers as a late round right tackle prospect before his senior season, his move inside to right guard in 2014 seems to have improved his draft status greatly, as he has developed an excellent feel for traps and pulls. He spent his freshman season learning college blocking schemes behind Justin Ridgeway at right tackle, taking over the position the next year, posting 64 knockdowns/key blocks for the 2012 schedule. In 2013, the second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference choice recorded 52 knockdowns and 21 key blocks to go with ten touchdown-resulting blocks. His pass protection skills helped TSU record 26 touchdown passes and have only four interceptions.
As a right guard, Myers seemed to relish the in-line battles. His national status as the elite trap blocker in the Football Championship Subdivision is the result of him recording fourteen touchdown-resulting blocks for the ground game. TSU ball carriers reached the end zone just fifteen times in 2014. He closed out the year posting five more touchdown-resulting blocks for the passing game and led the OVC with 114 knockdowns.
The young front wall relied upon the senior, as he did not allow any sacks and guided a unit that also held the opponent sack-less in each of the team’s final four contests. The only Tiger to start every game in 2014, he closed out his career with 35 starting assignments, but received the honor of becoming the school’s 25th player to accept an invitation to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl.
Myers is a road grader with adequate foot quickness, but displays a strong anchor and good hand usage to stave off the edge rushers. He shows just average foot quickness past the line of scrimmage and struggles at times maintaining his speed when trying to pull and get out in front.
It is rare to see him play tall in his stance or be on the ground much, but he has marginal change of direction agility and will have problems mirroring speedy edge rushers at the next level, unless he can stun them with his above average hand punch first. He gets a bit lazy and slows his feet when having to move long distances, but in the trenches, he is very hard to move out or push back into the pocket.
As an offensive tackle, Myers can get too straight-legged and tall in his stance, but with his hand punch, he will work to stun and jolt. He has enough balance to slide his feet and adjust to interior rushers, but must improve his hip snap if he hopes to handle the blitz pick-up and adjustments in the NFL. He does a good job of keeping his feet flat on the ground to hold leverage, but does not look pretty when having to redirect.
Even when he gets too high in his stance, defenders still can’t walk him back due to his anchor (two sacks given up in 2013 came off the edge rush). As a guard, he has more aggressive cut blocking ability, decent knee bend, a strong and powerful hand punch and good hand placement. He is best working near the line, as he has trouble pass blocking in space.
Myers uses his bulk and strength to generate movement. If moved to guard permanently at the next level, he has enough initial quickness to drive, steer and sustain. He shows a wide leg base and good balance in the short area. He will tend to fall off blocks when redirecting to the edge (lack of lateral agility), but when planting inside, he can wheel his hips and control the defensive tackles.
On short pulls and traps, Myers can get out and widen the rush lanes, but might labor when having to run long distances (has just 5.44 speed). He lacks the loose hips to adjust in space and on the move, but does deliver a lot of pop on contact (does get into trouble when he tries to cut too much, as he does not keep his head up when on the move).
The Tigers senior seems to be much more effective working to the inside cutoff position, but he can scoop to the outside when he stays at a good pad level. When he gets too high, he pulls with poor explosion on contact, relying more on his body to get in the way of the defender. He keeps his feet and balance near the line, making good adjustments on the move for the short pull.
Myers does a good job of keeping his hands inside. He is active using them as his main weapon in the trenches and generates very good explosion and pop in his punch. He also displays good placement and strength to neutralize and stun the bull rushers. When he hits you, you know it. He is quick to recoil and reset, showing the ability to get underneath, lock on and steer.
Robert Myers NFL Scouting Combine measurables
6-5/326 (5.44 forty)
33 3/4-inch arm length
9 1/2-inch hands
27.5-inch vertical jump
94-inch broad jump
8.10 3 cone drill
4.91 20 yard shuttle
Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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