Josh Myers is heading to the NFL.
The Ohio State center announced Friday that he is entering the 2021 NFL draft, forgoing his remaining eligibility with the Buckeyes.
Thank you to the countless people who have helped make my dream a reality. Always a Buckeye pic.twitter.com/b6Qm5lsg6z— Josh Myers (@josh_myers71) January 16, 2021
With the NCAA giving every player an additional year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Myers could have returned to Ohio State for as many as two more seasons. After graduating with his degree in social work in December, though, Myers – who was a fourth-year junior at Ohio State and among the team's Senior Day honorees this past season – decided it's time for him to begin pursuing his NFL career.
A finalist for the 2020 Rimington Trophy as one of college football's top centers, Myers has the potential to be an early-round NFL draft pick. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this past season, his second as Ohio State's starting center, after earning second-team all-conference honors in 2019.
With Myers' decision to leave Ohio State, Harry Miller is likely the top candidate to slide into the middle and start at center next season, though Matthew Jones (who started the final two games of this past season at left guard over Miller) and Luke Wypler (who served as Myers' backup this season) could also be candidates for that job.
Myers joins Shaun Wade, who also announced on Friday, as Ohio State underclassmen who have officially declared for the 2021 NFL draft.