Linebacker, UCLA 6ft 1in – 245lbs
|40yd dash: N/A||Bench Press: 19 reps|
|Vertical Jump: 40in||3 Cone Drill: N/A|
|Broad Jump: 10ft 4in||20yd Shuttle: N/A|
Coming into the season and for a large portion of it, Joey Bosa was best player in the 2016 NFL Draft, but as the season wore on – especially once more and more underclassmen started announcing their draft entry – Bosa’s hold on that title loosened. One of the players still pushing for that title is UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. To me, Jack is a better player. For starters, he’s an absolute freak of an athlete. Although we don’t have a full set of measurables, all you need to do is look at what we have got (above) and just watch his game film. Not only was he a force on defence, winning Pac 12 Defensive rookie of the year and being a second-team All-Pac 12 defender as a freshman then being names a second-team All-Pac 12 defender in his sophomore year, he was a force on offense. Along with his defensive rookie of the year award, he won offensive rookie of the year too. That should tell you everything you need to know about him. He is a great linebacker and running back, and that helps him massively. He is incredibly rangy and comfortable in space, displaying plus coverage skills. He is also able to match speeds with ball carriers and then punish them when he makes contact. He has an excellent motor and flashes all over the field. However, the knee injury he suffered in Week 3 this season – a torn anterior meniscus – is causing plenty of discussion about his effectiveness going forward. There are many contradicting reports about his knee, some saying it’s completely fine, some saying he may be okay for a short period of time and others saying he’ll never recover properly. This all means he could be drafted high or he could slide down the 1st round. Obviously then, with so much uncertainty surrounding him, he’s been a very busy man this draft season. He has had some type of meeting with 12 teams (SF, CHI, CLE, TB, DAL, MIA, ATL, JAC, NYJ, OAK, BAL, NOLA), 8 of those being private (SF, CLE, CHI, TB, ATL, JAC, OAK, BAL) and 3 of them being workouts (MIA, JAC, NOLA). Honestly, he’d be a fit for every team in the NFL. He could be a 4-3 outside backer or a 3-4 inside backer, and he’d be able to step in as the best LB on a lot of teams. As far as where he will be drafted, that is less certain. His talent easily has him in the top 5, and the Jags or Cowboys would make a hell of a lot of sense. But if he slides out of the top 5, I would look for him to fall no further than the New York Giants at number 10.