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2017 NFL DRAFT

Myles Jack, OLB

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 245 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
411

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.56--19 ----

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • San Francisco 49ers | #7
    With questions at virtually every position, the 49ers are one of the wildcards of the draft and may even consider a quarterback (Paxton Lynch?) should the club find a taker for Colin Kaepernick. The presence of Jack here, however, might trump all other needs. The doomsday theories about Jack's surgically-repaired knee could push him down the board further than his talent warrants, but given coach Chip Kelly's familiarity with the Pac-12, he might push to keep the playmaking Jack on the west coast.
  • New Orleans Saints | #12
    A true wildcard, Jack is a top-five pick based on talent, but the uncertainty of his knee injury will push his value down boards. The Saints need help on defense and are in "win-now" mode, so this is a possible fit.
  • Seattle Seahawks | #26
    They lost Bruce Irvin and they are a team that can take a chance on Jack. With his speed, he would fit in perfectly with the Seattle scheme.
  • Cleveland Browns | #13
    They have all of the picks! At least most of them anyway. Wouldn't it be hilarious if the Browns ended up in the same spot Philly started? If they landed Jack -- who could fall because of medical concerns -- it would be a major coup for a franchise capable of red-shirting the talented linebacker one year while he continues to rehab.
  • Baltimore Ravens | #6
    All it takes is one team to not care about Jack's reported knee issues. He's arguably the best athlete in the draft. You can play him as an inside or outside linebacker, a safety, or even a slot corner, which he did on occasion at UCLA.
 

Player Overview

Jack was an All-America candidate before suffering a torn meniscus during practice last September. He underwent surgery and ultimately decided to withdraw from school and focus on his preparation for the 2016 NFL Draft by rehabbing in the Phoenix area.

"The way the injury happened, it kinda rolled into school -- school was starting and I couldn't really be very mobile, and I didn't have any transportation considerations," Jack told NFL.com about his decision to leave UCLA. "It kinda made it very hard for me to get to class, so that was an issue.

"Taking my football career into consideration, I want to be with the best. I want to do everything I can to heal from this injury and come back better than ever. I had to decide whether to stay in school or pursue my dream, and I chose to pursue the dream I've had since I was a kid."

He relocated to the Phoenix area to have his rehab overseen by Arizona Cardinals staff physical therapist Brett Fischer, with the goal being to run at the Scouting Combine in February.

Jack's 75 tackles in 2013 ranked fifth on the team and were second among true freshmen in UCLA history to only future All-American (and NFL All-Pro) safety Kenny Easley. Jack led the Bruins with 11 passes broken up, scored seven touchdowns as a running back (and another on an interception return), blocked a punt against Oregon and for his exploits was named a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player.

Jack's sophomore campaign was just more of the same, as he split time between outside linebacker (88 tackles were second on the team to only Kendricks) and running back (113 yards on 28 carries, including three touchdowns), earning Second Team All-Pac-12 honors.

Bruins head coach Jim Mora used his connections in Seattle to lure Jack (a Bellevue, Wash. native) south to the Bruins and the payoff was immediate. Jack emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile players in the entire country as a true freshman, earning All-American recognition and becoming the only player in the history of the Pac-12 to win Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Even on a team full of NFL prospects, Jack's pure athleticism stood out. Compactly-built with good overall musculature, light feet, a fluid turning motion and natural ball-skills, he could make the full-time switch to running back and earn early-round consideration. Given his impact ability on defense, however, teams may hesitate to do that.

Jack is well-suited to today's pass-happy NFL as he combines rare agility and speed with awareness in coverage. 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.

Jack's burst and agility make him an effective edge rusher and he doesn't shy from contact. He shows an explosive pop on contact to break free from would-be blockers. The hand-eye coordination that makes him so effective in breaking up passes shows up in his tackling, as well, as Jack is consistently able to trip up smaller, quicker ballcarriers. Breaks down well and wraps securely for the reliable take-down with little to no yardage allowed after contact.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal size at linebacker. Does not possess ideal length and can get caught up in the wash. Not an explosive hitter.

Will need to prove the health of his season-ending knee injury that required surgery and will be limited in his ability to impress scouts on the field during the pre-draft period.

COMPARES TO: NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers - When healthy, Bowman is one of the most talented and versatile linebackers in the NFL and Jack has that type of potential if his knee comes back strong post-surgery.

IN OUR VIEW: An athletic specimen with above-average pursuit speed, contact balance and mental processor to know everything going on around him, Jack has the athletic skill set to be a difference-maker.

--Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) & Rob Rang (@robrang) (2/13/16)

 
 
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10/06/2015 - UCLA LB Jack to enter 2016 draft...Linebacker Myles Jack withdrew from UCLA and will enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Bruins coach Jim Mora said Jack, who underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in September, believes he is ready to turn pro. However, Mora questioned whether there is "enough tape" on potential top-10 pick for NFL teams to accurately assess him. Jack's injury last month was the third season-ending injury for a highly rated Bruins' defense, joining defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and cornerback Fabian Moreau.

Jack, a 6-foot-1, 245-pound junior, will have only five months before thorough medical evaluations at the NFL Combine in February, which are vital for his draft projection as team doctors are able to give scouts and general managers an update on his rehab. But there are recent examples of teams looking past the present medical evaluation and betting on that player's future. Georgia's Todd Gurley tore his ACL last November and was unable to work out for NFL teams prior to the 2015 NFL Draft, but he chose to leave school early and because his rehab went smoothly, the Rams drafted the running back 10th overall. - The Sports Xchange

 

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