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Myles Jack | Linebacker

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (20) / 9/3/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225

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According to NFL Media draft analyst Chase Goodbread, UCLA junior LB Myles Jack's contributions to the running game sometimes overshadow his contributions to the defense.
"[Jack's] ability to play a little running back is unique, but what makes him a special player isn't the two-way hype. It's his ability to defend the pass on third downs," wrote Goodbread. There's not much doubt that the 6-foot-1, 225-pound junior could be a damaging running back if he chose to commit himself to that full-time, but as is, he's going to be drafted as a linebacker and Goodbread's completely on the money that the gimmickry (we say that nicely?) of his two-way status sometimes saps attention from his completeness as a linebacker. Last season, he recorded 88 tackles, eight TFL and seven passes defended. Aug 29 - 6:14 PM
Source: NFL.com

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UCLA junior LB Myles Jack wants to return kicks this season.

Jack has one kickoff return during his career for six yards. However, we all know Jack has seen plenty of time at running back, recording 380 yards on 5.8 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns, Jack's future is at linebacker in the NFL, like Shaq Thompson's was, but colleges (especially Pac-12 schools) seem to be open to two-way players. It might help in recruiting, too.
Aug 26 - 9:03 AM

Barring injury, UCLA junior LB Myles Jack "is a top 15 lock and future Pro Bowler," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"While shorter than scouts would prefer, Jack combines remarkable athleticism, vision and awareness to stand out regardless of where he lines up, though he projects best in the NFL as an outside linebacker in the 4-3. Jack isn't just splashy, he's also safe, ranking among the surest open-field tacklers in the country," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder has been the definition of versatility for the Bruins over the last two seasons, playing linebacker and filling in at running back as a two-way player. Jack was second on the team in tackles with 88, with 8 tackles for loss and seven passes defended. As a running back, Jack recorded 113 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 2:26 PM

UCLA junior LB Myles Jack "stands out in pursuit and plays with a vicious style," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Noted Pauline, "[The 6-foot-1, 225-pound junior] flashes on the scene and is a disruptive force." Jack's widely considered to be a complete package in his athleticism and football instincts, though Pauline does offer a word of caution, writing that "[his] lack of size and growth limitations are an issue." CBS Sports' Rob Rang has speculated that Jack's best fit would likely be as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense at the next level.
Aug 20 - 8:36 PM

UCLA junior LB Myles Jack is "one of the surest open-field tacklers in the country," according to CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang.

Rang wrote that Jack projects out as a potential stud outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense at the NFL level, specifically citing the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder's "athleticism, awareness and big-play chops." While many are quick to compare him to fellow two-way star Shaq Thompson, Jack is a more complete linebacker. As Rotoworld's Josh Norris has noted, he can "help in the run, [in] blitzing and in coverage." Rang currently ranks the Bruins star as the No. 4 player on his Big Board.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 7:36 PM

UCLA junior Myles Jack "is this year's version of 2015 first-round pick Shaq Thompson," posits NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Reuter is oversimplifying things here, which we point out to caution readers from believing Jack is a Thompson-clone NFL prospect. Yes, Jack has a Thompson-like two-way effect on college football games, but Jack is more refined at the linebacker position and does not have to worry about getting tagged with Thompson's "tweener" title (though that didn't hurt the latter in the draft process very much). "Jack's athleticism is actually superior to Thompson's, as Jack can move well in slot coverage as well as attack the line of scrimmage," Reuter wrote. The analyst ranks Jack as the No. 11 overall junior draft prospect. Rotoworld's Josh Norris calls Jack "a complete linebacker who can help in the run, blitzing and in coverage." The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Jack had 88 tackles, eight TFL, seven deflections and three rushing touchdowns as an RB last year.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 16 - 11:24 AM

UCLA junior Myles Jack "can do whatever UCLA asks for him, and new coordinator Tom Bradley has a long history of producing top linebackers at Penn State," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Jack has proved to be a natural at running back, but he may turn out to be a pro star at linebacker," Brown wrote. "With Eric Kendricks gone, Jack will run the show on defense for the Bruins, bringing the same skill set we've seen from him on offense: aggressiveness, burst, closing speed and physicality." He grades Jack as the No. 9 college football player in the country. Rotoworld's Josh Norris calls Jack "a complete linebacker who can help in the run, blitzing and in coverage." Paul Perkins' breakthrough should allow Jack to focus on defense more this year.
Aug 9 - 10:53 PM

Pro Football Focus graded UCLA junior Myles Jack as the best coverage LB in the FBS last season.

Jack only missed one tackle out of every 18.6 attempts. Expect the Bruins to continue to use Jack on offense from time to time, but his projection and impact comes on defense. We keep saying it, but linebacker is one of the best positions among top talents in college football right now.
Aug 6 - 12:26 PM

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."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 2:03 PM

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