2016 NFL Draft Profile: Myles Jack, LB UCLA
One of the most exciting players in College Football the past two seasons has been UCLA’s Myles Jack. Jack is a speedy linebacker. He knows the running game on both sides of the ball; the starting linebacker had 68 rushing attempts and 11 touchdowns for the Bruins offense.
Jack won’t be a two-way player in the NFL but his experience in a running back’s shoes gives him a unique prospective at the linebacker position. Jack is a linebacker and linebackers are headhunters. They search for the football and they attack the ball carrier. Jack knows what the running back is thinking.
After a serious knee injury in the 2015 season, Jack left UCLA and set his sights toward the NFL Draft. This bold decision is another reason Jack is one of the most interesting prospects.
- Great speed for a linebacker
- Explosive athlete with great acceleration
- Can change direction quickly and smoothly
- Run through tackles, ferocious hitter
- Great skill in pass coverage for a linebacker
- Tremendous blitzer
- At 6’1″ 245 pounds, Jack is a bit undersized
- Recovering from meniscus tear early in 2015 season
Could The Ravens Draft Him?
With the sixth overall pick, the Ravens could take Jack. This option has become even more appealing since the departure of Daryl Smith, who was cut for the cap space. Paired with C.J. Mosley in the interior of the Ravens defense, there would not be a more explosive and dynamic linebacker duos in the NFL.
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Jack would be a risk. Not only is he recovering from a major injury but he is below the typical size for interior linebackers. That being said he is about the same size as Daryl Smith. The Ravens could take Jack but would better suited with a pass rusher.