Arm Length: 33 5/8 inches
Did not participate in NFL Combine because of torn meniscus during season.
Myles Jack is definitely one of the best athletes in the 2016 NFL Draft class. As a freshman he started 12 of 13 games, eleven at linebacker and also one at running back. In his sophomore season he started all thirteen games, playing both linebacker and running back. He recorded eighty-eight tackles, eight for loss and ran the ball twenty-eight times for 113 yards and three touchdowns. His junior campaign ended abruptly after he tore his meniscus in practice after only the third game. He tallied fifteen tackles and one interception in his shortened season.
Jack’s elite athletic abilities are shown from the minute you start watching his tape. He moves incredibly well for his size, and shows great lower body explosion and burst to close the gap between him and the ball carrier. In this clip against Kansas State he is actually playing all the way outside as a corner. Jack stays light on his feet, reads the short pass, explodes to the ball carrier and makes the easy tackle for loss.
Another great aspect of Jack’s game is his man coverage ability. The former Bruin linebacker has great footwork and fluid hips in coverage. On tape, he often lines up as a slot corner, because of his athleticism and movement skills. On this play against BYU, Jack is able to mirror the slot receivers’ moments without missing a step, which few linebackers would be able to do this consistently like Jack does. The only thing Jack could have done better, would be to turn his head around to check for the ball.
This rep against Kansas State shows how well he can guard anyone, and how well he moves in the open field. Jack uses his elite athleticism to stay with the slot receiver and gets in great position to make the easy interception.
Lastly, I want to point out how great Jack can read and react to the quarterback. On an important 3rd and 11 the UCLA defense drops into a Cover 3 zone. The Cover 3 zone gives Jack the assignment of a mid range zone, along with the other linebackers and corners to patrol the space around the first down marker, while the two safeties and the far left corner drop into three deep zones. The junior linebacker reads the quarterback and uses his elite burst to tackle the receiver for a short gain. Jack’s ability to read and react quickly paired with his athleticism, can be deadly for offenses to handle.
One of the obvious weaknesses of Jack’s game is his struggle to shed blocks in the open field. This clip against Texas in 2014 illustrates the struggle he experiences often. On this play, his hand placement is too high on the shoulder pads and he lacks the upper body strength to disengage from the block.
This is something Jack must improve upon as he develops as a rookie.
The junior also can over pursue as a run defender by cutting too far up field and taking a poor angle. In this clip against rival USC, Jack flies way too far up field because his gets sold on the run play going to the other side and doesn’t set the edge well.
At times Jack can over estimate his own athleticism, which causes him to take poor angles.
What Others Are Saying:
Jon Ledyard The Draft Wire/USA Today: “Not many prospects can boast the physicality and athletic prowess of UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, whose fluidity and rare movement skills should make him a coveted choice in the 2016 NFL Draft this spring.”
Lance Zierlein NFL Network: “While UCLA asked Jack to do a little bit of everything, an NFL team is more likely to simplify his tasks and set him into attack mode to maximize his outstanding physical traits.”
Grade/Round Projection: Top Five Selection
Jack’s athleticism for his size is almost unmatched in this class; Darron Lee is a close second. Jack is very scheme versatile with the ability to play as a 3-4 ILB as well as all three-linebacker positions in a 4-3 defense. He need never come off the field. His fluid hips, quick change of direction, and ability to mirror the receiver in coverage will be very useful in nickel and dime packages. It will be very interesting to see how he will be used by whichever team drafts him.