UCLA linebacker Myles Jack has been one of the most versatile, athletic, and dominant players in College Football throughout his collegiate career. Jack tore his meniscus in 2015, but is till projected to be a top 10 pick, that is impressive.
Jack began his career at UCLA as their starting linebacker. By no means did Jack switch a position or loose his spot, but rather just added one, if that sounds so easy. In 2013, Jack received a shot at running back on the road in hostile Tuscon verse Arizona. With his backfield crippled by injury. Head Coach Jim Mora, put faith in his all around playmaker. All Jack did was over do it.
On his first 6 carries, Jack ran for 120 yards and a touchdown.
Jack finished 2013 compiling 267 yards on 38 attempts, a 7.0 yards per carry average while scoring seven times. Jack was not needed as much in the backfield in 2014, but was still highly productive, earning 4.0 yards per carr
The quickness to jump the whole and evade blockers as a running back are the same abilities that make him one of the best linebackers. In a recent article by CBS’ Pete Prisco, Prisco quoted an anonymous NFL GM of comparing Jack to a “faster Ray Lewis.”
After hearing the comparisons, Jack had a response.
“Everybody knows Ray Lewis. You can’t compare yourself to idols. You want to model your game after it, but comparing me to him is too fast. I want to get there, but slow down.”
Jack’s game revolves around his high motor and is known for always being where the ball is on the field. Jack earned a starting linebacker role in his freshman campaign at UCLA and never looked back from there, accumulating 163 tackles in two years. 108 of the tackles by Jack were solo tackles, a statistic that makes general managers jump out of their chairs.
One of the most difficult transitions for linebackers coming out of college is tackling in open space or on an island. Many guys rely on size or players around them to get their numbers, although for Jack, that statistic shows he did not rely but just made big plays.
Jack, at 6’1″ 245 pounds have the perfect stout body for tackling low and driving opponents backwards.
If the Titans trade back, Jack could truly be the dark horse for the Titans.