Ravens Draft: Is Myles Jack An Option?
Myles Jack has an exciting skillset, but is he an option for the Ravens?
The Baltimore Ravens have the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, meaning they could be in position to draft Myles Jack. Myles Jack, who is ranked sixth overall on the Ebony Bird Big Board, is an overly athletic linebacker from UCLA. If drafted Jack would play next to C.J. Mosely in the middle of the Ravens defense, replacing C.J. Mosley. Is this something the Ravens should think about?
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The Ravens defense would have an incredible amount of speed at the linebacker positions. Outside you’d have Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. Inside Jack and Mosley. The Ravens would have one of the most athletic linebacker tandems in the NFL. This would help their pass defense and could potentially make them pretty hard to run against. It would also give the Ravens two great blitzing options at the interior linebacker positions.
Jack is currently recovering from a nasty injury that occurred early in the 2015 season. Jack should be ready to roll by the time football season comes around, but it is a concern. Jack was a very productive player at UCLA. He had seven tackles for a loss in 2013 and eight in 2014. He had 178 tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble in his three seasons with the Bruins.
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Jack practically flies on the field. He has much more speed than the average linebacker. The most talked about problem with Jack is that he doesn’t have the ideal size. Jack is 6’1″ and weighs 245 pounds. The Ravens though have never shied away from linebackers who were “undersized.” C.J. Mosley is 6’2″ and 235 pounds. Ray Lewis was called undersized as well and all those draft critics have egg on their face forever.
Jack is talented and he could be a potential game changer. If I were Ozzie Newsome, he wouldn’t be my first choice. I want a pass rusher or a cornerback more than anything. But if the Ravens draft Jack with the sixth overall pick, it would be hard to hate on.
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The fact is that Jack is a legitimate choice for the Ravens. The Ravens have nine picks in the draft. Linebacker may not be their biggest need, but it is a position they can justify drafting. Drafting Jack early in the 2016 NFL Draft would tell you all you need to know about Arthur Brown and Zachary Orr, who are slated to compete for the linebacker vacancy.