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2016 NFL Draft: Myles Jack Still Waiting; Knee Issue Worries Teams

Myles Jack, who many considered to be a top 5 prospect in this years draft class, is still on the board as we head into the second round of


Myles Jack, who many considered to be a top 5 prospect in this years draft class, is still on the board as we head into the second round of this years NFL draft. The reason Jack, a linebacker from UCLA, is still waiting is due to a medical concern that started to do the rounds last week and appears to have some truth behind it. The worry is over Jack’s knee and if he will need microfracture surgery or not. This issue does not stem from the meniscus injury Jack suffered during his final season in college but instead is a degenerative condition. Microfracture surgery involves creating tiny fractures in the bone beneath displaced cartilage, causing new cartilage to form from a super-clot. The recovery process is long and uncertain. It can sap a players explosive potential and cause them some pain and swelling for a long time afterwards. Kansas City’s Travis Kelce said he didn’t get fully confident on his knee until 2 years after his microfracture surgery. For Jack, this issue has already cost him millions of dollars on his first contract in the NFL, and he joins Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith on the sidelines waiting for a call they had hoped would come a lot earlier. Both are incredibly talented linebackers who would have been receiving their draft day phone call very early on but for their injury issues. Some teams have apparently taken Jack off their board all together due to this injury which could limit his career both in length and production. It’s very disappointing because right now Jack is good to go, this injury is an issue for the future – maybe not even for 3 years or so – but today Jack is by far the best player left on the draft board, when his name gets called all depends on how teams medical staffs have evaluated him. Right now it does not look good for the young prospect though.


Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft: Myles Jack Still Waiting; Knee Issue Worries Teams

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