Some believed that had Myles Jack been healthy entering the 2016 NFL draft, the former UCLA Bruin would have been a top-10 pick.
Unfortunately for the 20-year-old linebacker, there are serious questions about his knee and whether he can ever live up to the expectations of a high draft pick (or even have much of a career at all). As a result, some teams were scared off, leading to a quite a fall on draft day for the prospect.
Jack attended the first round of the draft in Chicago on Thursday, only to never hear his name called. Rather than go back and be at the center of attention on Day 2, the linebacker opted to watch the draft from his hotel room on Friday.
On Monday, Myles went on The Rich Eisen Show and explained (via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com) that experiencing a draft slide was rough on him: "It was, honestly, humiliating. It was embarrassing having to sit there, and afterwards walking out, having my girl to my left, my mom to my right, my grandmother to the right of her and having to look at them, it was a tough feeling. It wasn't a good night, truthfully."
Getting drafted should be nothing but a happy experience for an athlete, as it is the moment all of their work finally pays off. No one knows how high Jack would have been drafted if not for the questions surrounding his knee, but because there are concerns, the draft will likely always bring back mixed feelings for the former Bruins star.
Jack did not have to wait too long on Day 2 to hear his name called. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected him with the 36th overall pick, officially putting an end to the slide. If there is a silver lining to this story, it's the fact the linebacker seemingly now has a chip on his shoulder—and that can be turned into some serious motivation.