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Pro Day Report: Deion Jones runs a blistering 40, Myles Jack doesn't

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A pair of athletic linebackers had their pro days on Monday and Tuesday. Did Deion Jones and Myles Jack help or hurt themselves?

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The turnout at the UCLA Bruins' Pro Day was massive. All 32 teams had some form of representation in attendance, with several general managers attending.

While UCLA has several very talented prospects, they were all on hand to see linebacker Myles Jack show off the athleticism that jumped off game tape. With their need in the middle of their defense, the New York Giants had to be interested.

While he topped 40 inches in the vertical jump at 243 pounds, jumped 10 feet, 4 inches, and did the on-field drills, he didn't run the 40-yard dash.

Jack said that his knee is at "about 80 percent" and that he is still recovering from the meniscus surgery. He will hold his own pro day on April 1.

His failure to run the 40 and do the 3-cone drill has to be a disappointment for everyone in attendance, but the question becomes whether or not it will impact Jack's draft stock.

On the flip side was the LSU Pro Day on Monday.

After running good, but still slower than anticipated 40-yard dashes at the combine, safety Jalen Mills and outside linebacker Deion Jones left scorch marks on the track in Baton Rouge. Milles ran a 4.48 second 40, bettering his combine time of 4.61. Mills' performance, however, was overshadowed by the run put down by Jones.

Regarded as a rangy, athletic linebacker, Jones' combine performance was one of the best, but still a bit disappointing. At the Pro Day, however, Jones ran an astounding 4.38 sec 40 in addition to a 4.26 3-cone drill, and a 7.13 short shuttle, and a vertical jump of 35.5 inches (2.5 inches better than the combine).

If any doubted Jones' athletic ability, he proved it with both his results and the ease with which he achieved them, possibly cementing his status as a second-round selection.