Myles Jack still hasn't run a 40-yard dash. That's coming April 1. But the former UCLA star was still able to prove why he's a physical marvel at Tuesday's pro-day workout.
Jack, 20, posted a 40-inch vertical and a 124-inch broad jump, per Rob Rang of CBS Sports, to impress a sea of scouts and coaches who made the trip to Los Angeles. His vertical would have tied Washington's Travis Feeney for the highest at the NFL Scouting Combine among linebackers, while his broad jump would have tied for fourth. Recovery from knee surgery prevented Jack from doing anything other than the bench press in Indianapolis.
Jack again chose to opt out of the 40 on Tuesday, mostly certainly because of his ongoing recovery. He will host a pro day of his own April 1 and run then, per Rang. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report noted Jack is only 80 percent of the way back from the meniscus tear. NFL writer Justin Higdon is concerned, highlighting an about-face from Jack:
Despite those concerns, it's marvelous that Jack put up the numbers he did. A 40-inch vertical on a 100 percent healthy knee would have put him in the top-10 conversation. Doing so at less than 100 percent only adds to the legend of what he could do when fully healthy.
One of the most unique athletes in recent draft history, Jack spent time at both linebacker and running back at UCLA. He recorded 178 tackles as a linebacker and scored 11 touchdowns as a running back in 29 career games. NFL teams and scouts have not yet come to a consensus on where he'll play as a pro, but that suits Jack just fine.
“I see myself as a football player,” Jack said, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. “I want the teams to decide for themselves. I feel like I can play any position. Me, personally, I like being off the ball as a Mike, Will, Sam. I think I could play strong safety as kind of a Kam Chancellor type of role. I feel like I could get the job done there.”
Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News offered a video of Jack showing off his explosiveness during on-field drills:
Joel Klatt of Fox Sports described him as "healthy and quick":
Melissa Mahoney provided a photo of Browns head coach Hue Jackson talking to Jack:
The fact that Jack did positional drills but did not run the 40 is odd. Both involve using quick-twitch explosion, and Jack appeared to be running fine during his workouts. It's possible—OK, likely—that Jack was unhappy with his times and wanted to wait a couple more weeks to get himself fully ready.
That's a smart move. More than anything, 40 times tend to go viral—whether good or bad. If Jack ran somewhere in the 4.7 or 4.8 range, it might have drawn some unfair concerns. If he's taking a couple more weeks gets himself into the 4.5 range—a number some have projected him at—then the April 1 pro day may clinch him a spot in the top five.
As it stands now, Jack did nothing Tuesday that should preclude him from being a top-10 selection. ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. projects him going No. 8 to the Miami Dolphins, while Miller has him going No. 5 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both would be solid fits, but it's clear Jack has his eyes on going as high as possible. Tuesday should just be a prelude to a special workout in two-plus weeks.
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