Robert Myers: 2015 Ravens Rookie Predictions


Jan 21, 2015; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad defensive end Marcus Hardison of Arizona State (11) is sandwiched between offensive guard Robert Myers of Tennessee St. (left) and offensive tackle Rob Havenstein of Wisconsin (right) during Senior Bowl North squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens have a sticky predicament on their hands along the offensive line, particularly at the guard position.  Not in 2015, mind you, but next offseason, when both Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele are scheduled to become free agents.  The team likely won’t be able to keep both, who are two of the very best guards in the NFL.

With Ozzie Newsome expressing frustration with the lack of progress in talks with Yanda in particular, we are probably going to see a new face starting either on the left or the right in 2016.  One of the candidates to take one of those spots figures to be 2015 fifth round draft choice Robert Myers.  But in the meantime, where does the Tennessee State product fit in?

Nicknamed “Quadzilla” for his insanely huge, tree trunk like legs, Myers might just be the next mid-to-late round offensive lineman who turns out to be a gem for Ozzie and company.  A 35 game starter in college, Myers is a mammoth man with long arms and the power to win inside.  He doesn’t have special movement skills, but figures to fit in just fine.

Most expect Robert Myers to essentially “redshirt” in 2015, sticking on the final roster but sitting far back on the depth chart behind Yanda, Osemele, John Urschel, and Jah Reid.  And that’s exactly what I expect as well.  The real question is, can Myers develop over the next year or so, enough to prove that he is a future starter?

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The job, at least for now, is there for the taking.  Barring whatever happens in next year’s draft or the faint possibility that the Ravens retain both Yanda and Osemele, it’s a wide open horse race.  Hurst was pretty terrible last season while filling in, and now he’s taking snaps at guard in OTAs while Jeremy Zuttah is sidelined with a hip injury.

Reid is lucky to be back after turning out to be a huge bust over the course of his career.  Whether or not he returns to the team in 2016 remains to be seen.  Heck, he may not even make the final roster this season.  All of which means that Robert Myers has a prime opportunity over the next year plus.  He may earn a few snaps this season in rotation, but his big chance probably won’t come just yet.

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