2016 NFL Draft – Myles Jack Scouting Report

Kevin Zielaznicki breaks down UCLA linebacker Myles Jack

One of the most athletic defenders in the 2016 NFL Draft, Myles Jack would bring the desperately needed youth and speed to the Jets linebacking corps.

  • Name: Myles Jack   
  • School: UCLA   
  • Position: LB
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 245
  • Career Stats: 178 Tackles, 15 TFL, 4 INT, 2 FF

Pro Day Results

  • Vertical Jump:  40 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Strengths: Unique combination of size, speed, and strength. Athletic ability jumps off the screen. Excellent in pass coverage and has natural ball skills. Looks comfortable in coverage and displays quality traits like fluid hips and light feet. UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley had enough faith in Jack’s pass coverage abilities that he would line him up 1v1 against slot receivers and tight ends in nickel and dime situations. That type of skill is in high demand in the NFL. Although doesn’t have the ideal size for a linebacker, Jack makes up for it with his physical and aggressive play style. His lateral agility and his reaction time allows him to cause constant disruptions in the running game. Knows how to get off blocks and is decent with his hands. Explosive first punch and is strong enough to go head to head with offensive linemen. Can run sideline to sideline with no problem and knows how to control his body in order to square up with the ball carrier in the open field. Can be a threat coming off the edge as a pass rusher due to athleticism. Effort shows with his pursuit of the ball all over the field. Versatility is attractive as he played safety and halfback while at UCLA.

Weaknesses: Suffered a knee injury back in September that ended his college career. Doesn’t really have a set position due to his size. Many bring up issues with his size and question whether he can play inside linebacker in the NFL. Can be too aggressive at times getting sucked in on play action plays or over running the ball carrier allowing for huge cut back lanes. Will need to learn to play with more control at the next level.

Projection: Top 5