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Scouting the NFL Draft: LB Myles Jack

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    UCLA linebacker Myles Jack chases down Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau at Folsom Field Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 25, 2014. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

    Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
    Ht. 6'1", Wt. 245, Arm: 33 ⅝", Hand: 10 ¼", Bench: 19
    40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
    Games Watched: USC (2014), Virginia, BYU

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    Not many players make as big an impact as a true freshman than Myles Jack did for UCLA. The four-star recruit from Bellevue, Wash., tallied 75 tackles, 7 TFL, 11 passes defended and 2 interceptions in 11 starts at linebacker in 2013. He also rushed 38 times for 267 yards and 7 touchdowns, winning the Paul Hornung Award for the nation's most versatile player.

    Jack's sophomore season didn't quite exceed the high bar he set as a freshman, but he was still very good. He then started three games in 2015 before injuring his knee in practice and withdrawing from the team, drawing the ire of coach Jim Mora, Jr.

    Strengths

    • Elite Athlete - Strength, speed, agility, etc.
    • Versatile - Everything from EDGE to outside cornerback for UCLA
    • Fluid in Coverage - Good feet, hips, looks natural
    • Excellent v. Run - Hits run lanes like a RB, because he is
    • Physical - Hits like a truck, often stunning OL
    • Good Play Recognition - Diagnoses plays quickly
    • Sure Tackler

    Weaknesses

    • Size - Bulk and length are issues
    • Injury - Medicals must be evaluted
    • Overly Aggressive - Nitpicky, but can take bad angles, lose contain

    Verdict: First-Round Pick

    Jack is a much better version of Shaq Thompson, whom the Carolina Panthers drafted in the first round last year. Jack is a much better version, though, and his rare skillset makes it difficult to find a pro comparison. He looks like NaVorro Bowman and does a lot of the things Levonte David and Kam Chancellor do.

    Simply put, Jack is the best off-ball linebacker prospect since Luke Kuechly was drafted in 2012. He'd bring an ultra-physical presence against the run with the ability to limit opposing tight ends in the pass game. He would immediately make the Cowboys defense much more dynamic and is absolutely a player Dallas should consider early in the first round.