Chicago Bears Draft Watch: Could The Bears Select Myles Jack?

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Myles Jack

Sep 25, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Myles Jack (30) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. UCLA defeated Arizona State 62-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Game: Out For Season (Torn ACL)

Position: Inside Linebacker

College: UCLA

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 230

Pro Player Comparison: NaVorro Bowman

The story of Myles Jack is an interesting one.

Jack was a highly touted player coming into this season before a season ending knee injury lead to him withdrawing from UCLA in order to focus on the NFL Draft.

Jack is personally one of my favorite players in this years coming draft.

He not only boasts elite coverage skills, but his athleticism is off the charts. He played both ways for the Bruins at tailback and linebacker.

Jack has football instinct. The type that cannot be taught, but leads to him always being around the ball. The type that those such as Luke Kuechly, Kiko Alonso, and NaVorro Bowman possess.

Now I am not saying that Jack will become those players’ equals, but he has an uncanny ability to make difficult tackles, hover around the ball, and change the game with big plays.

Despite his limited size, Jack is a very good tackler and plays the game with a swift violence. Utilizing his speed, Jack can outmaneuver beefy offensive lineman with ease.

The biggest knock on Jack is his inability as a pass rusher. He does not excel here, but he is competent.

With the right coaching I feel Jack could be an above average rusher. If Vic Fangio got his hands on Myles Jack I feel that he could be coached into one of the leagues best “Jack” linebackers.

Other than his lack of pass rush ability, Jack will just need to make sure that he shows scouts that he is fully recovered from his ACL tear.

I compare Jack to that of the 49ers inside linebacker, and former Vic Fangio coached player, NaVorro Bowman. Bowman, a lot like Jack, lacks ideal height, but is fantastic in coverage ability.

The only real difference between the two is that Bowman is about ten pounds heavier, but Jack could gain that weight easily once he is a full time professional and no longer has to worry about playing the tailback position.

Unfortunately, Jack is out for the season, but if you are eager to watch some game film on the backer I would recommend watching his game versus Cal on October 12th, 2013. Jack is downright dominant.

If you have any players you would like for me to scout, any questions, comments or discussion points please feel free to comment below.

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