If teams are going to pass on former UCLA Bruin Myles Jack in the 2016 NFL Draft, then they will be passing on a very special player.
For every team that passes on Myles Jack is a team that is missing out on a future Hall of Famer.
OK, it’s probably too early for that prediction but I am sincere in the fact that teams that choose someone other than Jack are missing out on a once in a lifetime player.
I understand the concerns with Jack and his knee. The former Bruin tore his right meniscus during practice the week after UCLA’s third game of the season.
That came the week after Jack made a game saving interception against BYU as the Bruins pulled off a huge comeback.
Either way, Jack only has 2 1/4 seasons of college football under his belt and is projected to be a Top 10 pick. That is pretty impressive, which brings me to my point about selecting Jack.
The severity of his injury is a concern for NFL teams that are willing to pour money into a player like Jack. It is still a business. They want to make sure their investment develops into an exceptional professional football player, free of injury.
But that is the risk and Jack is worth the risk.
If he reinjures his knee, then he reinjures his knee. There is not much more you can do about that.
But what if he stays healthy and turns into all-around, all-pro football player? Jack’s talents are seemingly limitless. To have that type of talent grow and flourish in your organization is something that every NFL team looks for.
Let’s just put it this way, Jack is a player that can master several positions. The majority of his UCLA career was spent at linebacker, but he was also a weapon on offense as a short-yardage back.
There are even a few teams that are looking to take him as a safety, which Jack can handle. Aside from excellent man defense, he has a knack for playing right in zone coverage. Though not really a pass rusher, Jack was able to occasionally get in the back field, but his specialty is being able to cover almost any player on the field.
If that is the kind of action an NFL team is looking for, then that is what they need to choose. There is only one Myles Jack and he is going to be a natural in the NFL.