Myles Jack addresses NFL decision

UCLA two-way star Myles Jack may be out for the season with a knee injury, but that didn’t stop the dominant linebacker from withdrawing from the school and declaring himself eligible for the NFL Draft. Speaking to NFL Media, as was reported by Michael Silver of NFL.com, Jack addressed his decision and coach Jim Mora’s concerns over it.

“It was kind of a brief conversation, straight and to the point, and we just came to the agreement that it was the best decision,” Jack told NFL Media in a telephone interview Tuesday evening. “It went pretty smoothly. He wanted to make sure I was 100-percent sure, and that it was really what I wanted to do, and not just what others wanted.

“In the end, he said that if that’s what I want to do, he would back me up 1,000 percent, and that whatever I needed to do to try to get to the next level, he would help me any way he could.”

A former three-star recruit out of the Seattle area, Jack has totaled 178 tackles (15 for a loss), a sack, four interceptions and a forced fumble, plus two fumble recoveries since arriving in Westwood in 2013. He has also rushed for 387 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Of course, despite Jack’s incredible level of talent, Mora still has his concerns.

“He’s taking his chips and shoving them into the middle, and we hope he draws a good hand,” Mora told reporters Tuesday. “I think it’s risky to do this. Having been on that side, there’s going to be a lot of speculation as to what he is and where he fits. And as I told Myles on Sunday, NFL teams are very, very conservative, and if there’s any question whatsoever, they’ll pass on you in a heartbeat. They’re going to take the sure thing … As a guy that spent half of my life in the NFL, I would move with great caution, and I would tell that to all of our players.

“If he played all year, I was thinking that we would (not have him next year), but when you only play in three games and that’s all the tape they have of you your junior year. … I’ve been in 25 draft rooms, and I’ve never seen a guy taken off of that ever. I worry about that for him.”
Needless to say, despite his injury, Jack’s talent is still enough that he could see himself being selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, especially if his torn meniscus heals quickly enough that he can participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in a few months.

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