Myles Jack might be the most athletic prospect in this year’s draft. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the UCLA product suffered a season-ending knee injury last September, which is affecting his draft stock. As a result, Jack could go from a sure-fire top-five pick to well outside of the top 10.
Still, Jack takes it as a compliment that so many people are talking about him. It means they’re interested.
“It’s definitely a cool thing that people admire your skill set and people value it,” Jack told Damon Amendolara, who was filling in as host of CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I’ve been working out with teams. Really, it’s just a matter of me getting in shape. My knee is doing fine.”
Jack said he is happy to answer any and all questions from NFL scouts and executives about his knee.
“I understand that they’re going to make a big investment in me and they’re not going to do that if I’m not able to do what’s asked of me,” he said. “So I completely understand the thought process behind it. They have to protect their investment, but at the end of the day on this side, everything is good.”
Jack, 20, said that his injury made him appreciate the game more and will “put that fire in (his) belly” once he returns. He is extremely versatile linebacker who can both get after the quarterback and drop into pass coverage.
“I think the new era of linebackers, they have to be able to run and hit and cover,” Jack said. “I was born in that right time frame where they value guys like me. Some teams are looking at me as a safety, so it’s kind of a cool process where people see you in so many different places. But I’m just grateful for it.”
Jack said he “would definitely love” to give safety – or really any position – a try.
“I think that would be cool,” he said. “I feel like I have the drive and the work ethic to get that done. I think anything is possible. That’s just kind of how I play football. I have the mindset to where I can play running back, I can play this, I can play that. I don’t let anything stop me.”