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Myles Jack NFL Draft 2016: Scouting Report, Grade for Jaguars Rookie

B/R Video@@bleacherreportB/R VideoApril 29, 2016

POSITIVES

Tied with Jalen Ramsey for the highest grade of any player in this class, Myles Jack has the potential to be a franchise-changer at linebacker and as a weapon for the defense. A former dual threat at UCLA, Jack has played running back and flashes rare athleticism and movement skills in space that show why he was so deadly for the Bruins.

As a top-tier athlete, many expect Jack to be a finesse player, but he attacks ball-carriers and offensive linemen with an aggressive, physical style. When playing in the middle of the field, he will step up to engage blockers and brings power in his hands with the explosive first step to eat up ground.

Jack’s true strength comes in how effective he can be on third down. With elite speed, hips and feet, Jack can erase tight ends in man coverage or drop into a deep zone in the middle of the field or off a slot receiver and make an impact. He flows to the ball with an effortless stride and has the hands to make a play on the ball when he gets to it.

A three-down star on defense, Jack can do it all thanks to elite athleticism, strength, instincts and natural playmaking skills. If healthy, Jack is one of the surest things in the draft class. He has the tools to be a starter immediately, and with his coverage skills, he’ll be able to change how offenses operate.

NEGATIVES

A meniscus tear suffered early in the 2015 season saw Jack withdrawing from the program midseason and declaring for the NFL draft to begin rehab and training for the combine. Jack wasn’t able to run at the combine, though, and has yet to run a 40-yard dash in public or private workouts.

In speaking to sources with multiple NFL teams, there are some team doctors who feel Jack’s knee will be fine and others who believe his knee condition will limit the length of his career and be susceptible to future injuries.

Focusing on the field given the varying opinions on his knee condition, Jack can stand to be a better wrap-up tackler. At UCLA he got away with making attempts that didn’t include bringing his arms around the ball-carrier, and that led to missed tackles.

Jack is undersized for a traditional linebacker role and bulked up to 245 pounds for the combine weigh-in. He may be downgraded slightly on some boards given his lack of a true position.

COMBINE RESULTS

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 245 lbs.

40 Time: Injury (did not participate)

3-Cone: Injury (did not participate)

Short Shuttle: Injury (did not participate)

PRO COMPARISON: Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
FINAL GRADE: 7.99/9.00 (Round 1—Pro Bowl Potential)

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