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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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UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack (knee) said he left school to rehab for the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for playing.
"When you see people making money off of your likeness and your name ... nobody else wears No. 30 at UCLA. That jersey is mine," Jack told ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike on Thursday morning. "I would like to receive compensation for what I've done. That's definitely something you're thinking about. I took all of that into consideration." Jack now has his sites set on rehabbing for the NFL Scouting Combine, which takes place five months out from his meniscus tear. Once again, Jack took the high road when asked about HC Jim Mora's critical comments about his decision. "When the comments came out, I was definitely surprised," Jack said. "But I talked to him [Wednesday] afternoon and we ironed out any wrinkles or any misunderstandings that we had. ... Me and him are cool. We definitely patched things up if there are any misunderstandings. He reiterated that he supports me 1,000 percent." Oct 8 - 8:30 PM
Source: ESPN

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ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks UCLA junior LB Myles Jack as the No. 12 overall prospect despite the prospect's knee injury.

Jack's meniscus tear has been met with more or less a yawn in the scouting community; we have not yet read one account (outside of Jim Mora's, of course) of his stock taking a hit. "A gifted athlete, he'll play between 235 and 240 pounds but show off the kind of quickness you'd get from a smaller safety, and that extends to his ability to cover as well," Kiper wrote. "He can attack the backfield and is a physical kid, but he's especially good anticipating and covering ground quickly to make plays across the formation and in coverage. Now officially in the draft, he's a first-rounder on my board as of today." An NFC executive echoed that sentiment via an anonymous quote published by yesterday.
Source: ESPN
Oct 8 - 6:23 PM

An NFC executive said UCLA junior LB Myles Jack is "going to go in the first."

The exec also ripped Bruins' HC Jim Mora for comments he made about Jack after the prospect elected to leave school to prepare for the combine. "I thought Jim Mora stepped way over the line with his comments about Myles Jack," he said. "Those are comments you might make in private to the kid, but you don't make them public. Jack has plenty of tape to fall back on, trust me. He's going to go in the first." Jack suffered a season-ending meniscus tear last month and hopes to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.
Oct 7 - 9:53 PM

NFL Media's Michael Silver reports that UCLA junior LB Myles Jack intends to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.

It's a reasonable goal attainable barring setbacks. The combine takes place in February. Jack's torn meniscus came with a 4-6 month recovery period, meaning about five months will have passed between the incident and the combine. St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley suffered a more severe injury (torn ACL) at a later date (November) and still went No. 10 last year. "I feel like I've done enough (to impress NFL teams)," Jack said. "I played my freshman and sophomore years, and three games of my junior year, so there's a reasonable amount of tape. Obviously, everybody wanted to see big things from me my junior year. But I think I've shown what I can do."
Oct 7 - 5:08 PM

NFL Media analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah doesn't believe UCLA junior LB Myles Jack's short college career will adversely affect his draft status.

Jack played in two full seasons plus a few this year before tearing his ACL in late September. He's out for the year and has decided to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. "This guy has started a lot of football games and was very productive. He has a really enticing skill set. This news doesn't come as much of a surprise to me," Jeremiah said. "I've been in draft rooms where players were ranked very high with far less experience." As an example, the analyst cited NFL veteran Antonio Cromartie, who was the No. 19 pick in the 2006 draft despite missing 2005 with an injury. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote on Tuesday that Jack is still projected as a first-rounder despite his injury.
Oct 6 - 6:39 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes UCLA junior LB Myles Jack is "still projected as a first round prospect as long as the rehab goes according to plan."

"It's too early to know if he will be physically able to work out prior for teams prior to April's draft, but it should be viewed as a similar situation to Todd Gurley last year," Brugler wrote. The UCLA prospect shows special traits, and regardless of him withdrawing from school early, his draft stock should remain the same with scouts. Brugler adds that Jack is a "true three-down linebacker with a scheme-versatile skill-set that will be in high demand."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 6 - 2:47 PM

UCLA junior LB Myles Jack has withdrawn from school and will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jack tore his ACL in late September and has been sidelined since. "I think it's very risky to do this. There's a lot of speculation to ....where he fits," head coach Jim Mora said, stressing his worry that scouts don't have enough film on Jack. We think that is ridiculous, and Mora should be stressing how great the star linebacker has been rather than approaching it the way he is. There is plenty of tape on Jack, both on offense and defense. Yes, it is rare for a player to announce this decision in October, but it is Jack's choice. Again, he is exceptionally talented at a position where elite talents are difficult to come by.
Oct 6 - 12:02 PM

ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes UCLA junior LB Myles Jack is big enough to play as a 3-4 ILB, describing him as a "Derrick Brooks type."

"Size is there, 240 pounds, strong lower half, still learning. Tackles and covers. Derrick Brooks type," Kiper Jr. tweeted back to one of his followers. Last year, Jack finished the 2014 season with 88 tackles, eight TFL, seven deflections and three rushing touchdowns, as an RB last year. At the moment, Jack is dealing with a torn anterior meniscus, which should keep him sidelined for 4-6 months. Jack's days as a Bruin could be numbered, if he decides to take his talents to the next level.
Sep 24 - 3:17 PM

UCLA junior LB Myles Jack and head coach Jim Mora Jr. will not discuss the player's NFL future until November.

Jack tore his anterior meniscus and will be out 4-6 months. As we've repeatedly stated, Jack is one of the premiere players in all of college football. Jack could receive a medical redshirt for the season and return in 2016, or he could leave for the NFL and draw a high draft selection.
Sep 24 - 12:11 PM

Five NFL personnel executives asked to give NFL comparisons for UCLA junior LB Myles Jack (knee) gave five different answers.

"The closest comparison is to Jamie Collins," said one. "He reminds me of him as a playmaker. He's a much better player than (former UCLA LB) Akeem Ayers, (who was drafted) No. 39 (overall) his year (2011)." All accrued comps came from prior to Jack's injury, but the Bruins' star retains NFL shine assuming he makes a complete recovery. "He's a better athlete than [DeAndre] Levy," another said. He's a 10-times-better version of Shaq Thompson. He's more instinctive and makes more plays behind the line of scrimmage." The other three answered Jon Beason, Daryl Washington and NaVorro Bowman.
Sep 23 - 8:38 PM

UCLA junior LB Myles Jack will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

No further details are available at this time other than the knee injury being "significant." Jack is one of the best linebackers in the country and among the best at any position. The junior has been a star since he stopped foot on UCLA's campus, producing high caliber play on both defense and offense. Who knows what this means for Jack's future in terms of if he declares for this spring's NFL draft. UCLA has been hit hard with injuries: Jack, Eddie Vanderdoes and Fabian Moreau, with a top 20 showdown against Arizona this weekend.
Sep 23 - 11:52 AM

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

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