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Myles Jack | Linebacker

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (19) / 9/3/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225

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UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack "is well suited to today's pass-happy NFL as he combines rare agility and speed with awareness in coverage," CBS Sports Rob Rang notes.
"He has the fluidity to cover backs and tight ends step for step and anticipates routes well, breaking free from his assignment to close quickly on the ball. Jack's ability in coverage make him ideally suited to playing outside in a 4-3 scheme, where his lack of ideal size is mitigated," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Jack was second on the team with 88 tackles, with 8.0 for a loss, totaling 113 yards on 28 carries and three scores as a running back. Our own Josh Norris, believes the two-way star is "a complete linebacker who can help in the run, blitzing and in coverage." Aug 4 - 2:03 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. said six or seven players could see time on both sides of the ball.

Junior linebacker Myles Jack has previously seen time at running back, but other possibilities include redshirt junior cornerback Ishmael Adams and junior defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes. Many of the six or seven would likely have limited "roles" on their non-strong side of the ball, but we wonder if Mora is leaving the possibility open so future recruits don't feel restricted after many played both ways in college.
Jul 29 - 11:35 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack is a better athlete than 2015 first-round pick Shaq Thompson.

This is quite the compliment -- Thompson was formerly one of the top athletes in college football -- and is not without merit. After winning the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year awards two years ago, Jack followed up by posting 113 yards and three rushing touchdowns on offense and 88 tackles, eight for loss, seven pass deflections on defense as a sophomore. If all goes according to play, he's a future Rd. 1 pick. "Jack is actually more athletic than Thompson, as Jack can move well in slot coverage as well as attack the line of scrimmage," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 21 - 8:16 PM

When UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack moves downhill, according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein, "he's coming with bad intentions, exploding through the ball carrier, quarterback or receiver."

"At times, it seems that UCLA is so excited about Jack's immense talent that it hasn't been able to allow Jack to truly focus since he has played running back, safety, rush 'backer, inside 'backer and even over slot receivers," Zierlein wrote. "Yes, Jack is that talented and that athletic, featuring elite explosiveness and twitch." The analyst ranked Jack as the linebacker most generating interest from NFL scouts. "It is not a stretch to say that Jack could play running back, safety, inside or outside linebacker and excel at whichever position he chose," Zierlein wrote. "While Jack doesn't have many sacks to his name, I think he could be an effective rusher in the pros."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 12:42 AM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack "is a terrific athlete, and that speed translates to production in coverage on defense," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"He's also as good as anyone in pursuit, with a knack for hard hits," the analyst noted. Brown grades Jack as the No. 3 linebacker in the nation. He doesn't expect to see Jack on offense as much this fall because of the emergence of Paul Perkins, but perhaps that will allow Jack to take another step forward as a linebacker. Either way, he's a Round 1 contender.
Jun 18 - 7:56 PM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack is the second-most versatile player in the nation, believes NFL Media.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Jack had 88 tackles (8 TFL) on defense and 267 yards and seven touchdowns on offense as a running back. He's posted 163 tackles and 10 rushing touchdowns in two seasons. "If the Bruins junior doesn't play exclusively at linebacker this fall, he'll probably come very close to it," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Yet, among college football's two-way players, nobody has proven more on both sides of the ball. His versatility was never more relevant than when he was named both the offensive and defensive Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2013. Entering his third season, his two-way ability is less likely to surface, but it's no less prolific."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 10 - 7:41 PM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack was named to the Phil Steele preseason All-America first team.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Jack was second on the team with 88 tackles, with 8.0 for a loss, totaling 113 yards on 28 carries and three scores as a running back. Jack started in 13 games at LB and had rushing attempts in 9 games for the Bruins in 2014. Our own Josh Norris, calls the two-way star "a complete linebacker who can help in the run, blitzing and in coverage."
Jun 2 - 3:55 PM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack "will be one of the draft's best defensive players" if he decides to leave early, writes ESPN's Kyle Bonagura.

"When Shaq Thompson was picked in the first round by Carolina, it was a welcome development for Jack, who views Thompson as a comparable prospect to himself," Bonagura wrote. "The plan is for Jack to play inside linebacker this season, but he likely projects at outside linebacker and, if he chooses to leave, will be one of the draft's best defensive players." Jack has posted 163 tackles and 10 rushing touchdowns in two seasons. He also finished last year with 267 yards and seven touchdowns as a running back.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 6:52 PM

NFL Media ranks UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack as the No. 14 defensive player in the nation.

"He's more than just a run stuffer (18 pass breakups in two years), but expect him to register double-digit tackles for loss for the first time in his career this fall," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. "He'll take over more of a leadership role in the Bruins' linebacking corps this fall with the loss of emotional leader Eric Kendricks (Minnesota Vikings second-round pick) at the Mike position." Of course, Jack is also a wrecking ball on offense as a running back. Jack has posted 163 tackles and 10 rushing touchdowns in two seasons.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 7:43 PM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack is "athletic, instinctive, rangy linebacker" and "can cover and make plays in the backfield," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper ranked Jack No. 21 overall on his 2016 Big Board. "There was a lot of hype about the two-way player status, but the ability really is there," he wrote. "It's hard to question the football instincts when he was an offensive AND defensive freshman of the year in the conference at the same time. This will be a big year for Jack, who no longer has Eric Kendricks around; he'll need to lead this Bruins defense."
May 17 - 1:07 AM

Scout.com ranks UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack as the No. 6 overall prospect.

"He's has been a big time playmaker on both sides of the ball for the Bruins at running back and linebacker," wrote Jamie Newberg. "That's happens at the high school level but is a rarity in college. Jack's a dynamic and explosive athlete that's 6-1/232-pounds. He plays with a passion and aggression. He's physical and hard hitting and dynamic against the run." Jack was named the Pac-12’s offensive and defensive freshman of the year in 2014 and improved on both sides of the ball last season. He still has work to do, however. "Jack needs to round out his overall game and that should come with time," Newberg wrote. "Jack's one of my favorite players in college football." Jack has posted 163 tackles and 10 rushing touchdowns in two seasons.
Source: Scout.com
May 16 - 7:06 PM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack slipped to the Falcons at No. 25 in Todd McShay's mock draft.

"Jack is similar to 2015 first-round pick Shaq Thompson in that he's a defensive player who also starred at times at running back," he wrote. "His NFL projection is as a weakside linebacker. He has outstanding range against the run and is a playmaker in coverage." Rotoworld's Josh Norris had him going well before, shipping Jack to the St. Louis Rams at No. 8. "A complete linebacker who can help in the run, blitzing and in coverage," Norris wrote.
May 14 - 9:47 PM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack's "blend of size, physicality and agility would earn him first-round grades at outside linebacker or running back," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Rang ranks Jack as the No. 2 underclassmen prospect behind OSU edge rusher Joey Bosa. Jack heads into the season with a mid-Round 1 grade, but he could go higher with a big season. Now, UCLA coaches just have to decide what to do with him: Jack is a potential future Pro Bowler outside linebacker, but the Bruins may feel like it's worth it to also deploy him as a running back more in 2015. As a full-time runner, it's not overstating it to say that Jack could be in the Heisman running.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 2:52 AM

UCLA HC Jim Mora says he wants to give sophomore LB Myles Jack a bigger role on offense.

"We would like to expand his role," Mora said. "It’s a delicate dance because he is such a great linebacker. You can’t take away what he does best and make him average at two things." Jack finished last season with 267 yards and seven touchdowns as a running back. He was named the Pac-12’s offensive and defensive freshman of the year. Jack didn't play offense in the Aug. 30 season opener against Virginia, but had three carries and a TD over the weekend against Memphis. "I would be on the headphones with the offense, then flip over to the defense and say, ‘Get Myles ready,’" Mora said of the opener. "Then we would get a first down or score a touchdown before we could send him in there." Mora doesn't believe it will be difficult to get Jack more ingratiated in the offense. "When you’re a ballcarrier, you don’t have to learn the entire scheme," Mora said. "We teach him to memorize what he has to do, then go out and perform."
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 06:56:00 PM

UCLA called sophomore LB Myles Jack rushed three times for seven yards and a touchdown, and recorded six solo tackles in Saturday's win against Memphis.

With a little less than five minutes left in the third quarter, Brett Hundley handed Jack the ball on the four-yard line and watched the two-way stud barely barrel into the end zone. As a runner, Jack is a bruiser who never stops churning his legs and requires multiple defenders to wrestle to the ground. As a linebacker, Jack is fast, smart, and packs a punch. He's still a year away from draft eligibility, but you'll forgive analysts for salivating over him already. "A rare two-way player with game-changing skills as a runner or defender, he might be the most talented player in the Pac-12," Bucky Brooks said over the summer.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 05:58:00 PM