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Myles Jack | Linebacker

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (20) / 9/3/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 245

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Jaguars selected UCLA LB Myles Jack with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Jack (6'1/245) made 28 college starts -- 27 at linebacker and one at running back -- excelling at both positions with a 5.7 YPC average and 11 TDs on 68 career carries, and utter dominance as a three-down outside linebacker for Jim Mora II. Before Jack tore his anterior meniscus three games into his 2015 junior campaign, he showed the ability to cover backs in the flats and receivers in the slot, while laying wood on the ground and affecting games as a blitzer. Not yet of legal drinking age, Jack's rookie-year impact will be tied his knee rehab. Pre draft, Jack was able to dominate the broad (10'4") and vertical (40") jumps, but couldn't run the forty. Apr 29 - 7:39 PM

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CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler projected the Browns to select UCLA LB Myles Jack with the first pick of the second round.

"I'm not sure the Browns would take Jack here," Brugler wrote, "but good chance Cleveland deals this pick with Jack being a possible option." Jack slid out of the first round based on concerns around his balky knee. He shouldn't be sitting around for long after Day 2 kicks off on Friday. Conventional wisdom had him being drafted on Day 1 prior to the actual craziness of the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 29 - 12:39 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes that UCLA LB Myles Jack is the best available prospect for Day 2.

No surprise here, as Norris has been pounding the pavement for Jack as his No. 1 overall prospect throughout the process. The analyst calls him a "foundation piece." The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder slipped out of the first round due to concerns about his knee. Jack infamously tore the meniscus in his right knee in September, but even beyond that, NFL Network's Albert Breer reported earlier in April that a "chondral defect" exists in the knee -- a cartilage issue that could shorten Jack's career down the road.
Apr 29 - 11:40 AM

ESPN's Ed Were reports from one medical source in the NFL who said UCLA LB Myles Jack's knee is "more troubling in some ways" than Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith's.

Apparently this medical professional believes Smith's knee will heal with time, while Jack's will get worse with time. The Myles Jack story line really is incredible, as on the field he is practically a unanimous top 10 selection. Jack could be selected in the second round, but no one knows at this moment.
Apr 29 - 10:43 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd McShay agree that UCLA LB Myles Jack is most likely to go between No. 12 (Saints) and No. 17 (Falcons).

This would fall in line with most recent reports suggesting Jack is destined for the mid-first round. Which isn't to say that this is a done deal. From 49ers headquarters, ESPN colleague Bob Holtzman deemed Jack's chances of landing in San Francisco (No. 7) a "strong possibility."
Apr 28 - 2:35 PM

Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reports the Saints like UCLA LB Myles Jack "quite a bit in spite of the knee concerns."

This is great news for Jack, who has a realistic shot of being on the board when the Saints pick at No. 12. Our own Josh Norris recently made the connection between Jack and the Saints, and it makes sense from a team perspective to pair the UCLA linebacker with a great athlete and promising player in Stephone Anthony.
Apr 28 - 10:07 AM

NJ.com reports that the Giants have removed UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) from their draft board due to health concerns.

"It's like school. F is bad and A is good. ... If there's a D, there is a lot of risk, and if it's an F, we're not going to take them," Giants GM Jerry Reese said last week when asked about dropping players due to medicals. NJ.com went on to report that two sources say Jack's expected draft day tumble won't last past the mid-teens. SI's Peter King reported Monday that he'd heard the Giants thought Jack's knee was "OK." By Wednesday, Jack himself was admitting the possibility of future microfracture surgery.
Source: MMQB
Apr 27 - 7:54 PM

UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) admits that it's possible he'll eventually have to undergo microfracture surgery.

"It's nothing extreme," Jack said on the issue of his degenerative knee condition. "Down the line, possibly, I could have microfracture surgery—potentially. Who knows what will happen?" He added that "to play three years in this league would be above average." If Jack is guilty of anything here, it's of saying too many words. This quote contains no new information, but it's being read as a sort of smoking gun by some in the media. What we think Jack is saying is this: "Yes, my odds of having microfracture surgery are higher than an average prospect's. But that procedure is entirely hypothetical. It may not happen at all. But if it does, that surgery will happen after I've given multiple years of tremendous value to my next team on my rookie contract."
Apr 27 - 7:22 PM

NFL Media's Ian Rapaport reports that the possibility of UCLA LB Myles Jack's draft-day slide isn't related to his torn lateral meniscus specifically.

The meniscus appears to be healed. At issue now is that the cartilage and bone in Jack's knee are separating from each other, a condition called an osteochondral defect. "It's not about if he's healthy now. It's about if he gets through his second contract," a GM said. If the bone and cartilage fully separate, it'll require a big procedure that will sideline Jack for an extended period. An evaluator asked RapSheet the following unknowable hypothetical that is the crux of the issue: "Is he a four-year player or a 10-year player? But technology is better now. So we really don't know."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 5:45 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that UCLA LB Myles Jack "transcends today's game" and, in addition to his ability as a linebacker, "could start for us at strong safety and be the No. 2 running back."

"He's a slam dunk," a different scout said. "He can play modern-day football, let's put it that way. That (expletive) ain't never leaving the field." The scouts polled by the Wisconsin outlet were close to universally effusive in praising Jack. "Just a freak athlete," said a third scout. "He is Von Miller freakish. He moves around like a DB in coverage. He has burst to close. Plays heavy. His character doesn't read as clean as Clay Matthews' but he's more physically talented than Clay. The heart, the desire, he has that. ... He's not a leader. He wants to be one of the guys. There were some things he could have done differently in regards to how he treated people." Due to the uncertainty surrounding his knee, Jack is being mocked anywhere from No. 5 to No. 17.
Apr 26 - 12:52 PM

An NFL personnel executive predicts UCLA LB Myles Jack will fall out of the top-10.

The source objected when Mark Eckel of NJ.com told him he was slotting Jack to the Jags at No. 5. "No," he said. "(Jack) is going to drop. Teams are scared off by his knee. He's not going in the top 10." Thusly schooled, Eckel dropped Jack to No. 17 and the Atlanta Falcons. Truth is, nobody knows where Jack is going. Tune in Thursday, folks.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 25 - 4:39 PM

The MMQB's Peter has heard the Giants believe UCLA LB Myles Jack' knee is "OK."

The big question is if Jerry Reese would consider a true non-pass rush linebacker at No. 10, a position he has not valued highly in the draft for multiple years. Jack is a premiere prospect in this draft, but his range is extremely unpredictable. NFL Network's Albert Breer (soon to be of the MMQB) reported Jack has a "chondral defect" in his right knee, which could lead to microfracture surgery. The Giants absolutely have a need at the position.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 25 - 10:38 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that UCLA LB Myles Jack has a "chondral defect" in his right knee.

A chondral defect involves damage to the cartilage in the knee. While Jack tore the meniscus in his right knee back in September, Breer noted that this chondral defect wasn't necessarily the result of that injury. "He can play with it," Breer wrote. "Whether it'll affect career length is the question." The analyst relayed that teams outside of the top-10 are now looking more closely at Jack on the chance that he slips into the middle of the first round.
Apr 24 - 6:41 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared UCLA LB Myles Jack to a bottle of Sriracha sauce.

Hey, after months and months of analysis and copious draft profiles, rankings, mock drafts and general comprehensive coverage, Zierlein has earned the right to spend his final pre-draft days comparing players to food. In Jack's case, the analyst wrote, "Both are explosive and are much more versatile than you ever expected them to be. The more you use both, the more you want to find new ways to incorporate them into your life." Among Zierlein's other comps, LeRaven Clark to brisket (because it requires patience to cook), Charon Peake to strip mall sushi (unknown quantity) and Will Fuller to a late-night slice of pizza. "Fuller's drops are like piping hot pizza sauce burning the roof of your mouth," the analyst wrote on that one. We're almost at the finish line, folks.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 7:30 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that "several [sources] around the league" believe that UCLA LB Myles Jack could fall out of the top-10.

Jack's medical recheck on his surgically repaired right knee has stirred up a bit of uncertainty, with Brugler reporting earlier that two top-10 teams scrubbed the UCLA standout from their boards due to medical concerns. Jack, himself, has said that his knee is not an issue. While he might not be a certain top-10 pick, the Jaguars have shown consistent interest throughout the process and they could end the suspense early by simply drafting the 6-foot-1, 245-pounder at No. 5.
Apr 23 - 6:21 PM