What do the New York Giants need, really need, on defense? They need to get faster, especially at the linebacker position. Few, if any, linebackers do speed and athleticism better than UCLA's Myles Jack.
He missed most of his junior season recovering from a torn meniscus, but Jack took the UCLA Bruins by storm from the moment he stepped on campus. Jack isn't likely to fall to the Giants at 10th overall, but funny things can happen on draft night, so we better take a look anyway.
Weight: 245 pounds
Arm Length: 33 1/8"
Hand Size: 10 1/4"
Vertical Jump: 40"
Broad Jump: 10'4"
- Exceptionally athletic and exceptionally fluid.
- Very versatile. Has played linebacker, safety, cornerback, and running back for UCLA
- Talented coverage linebacker, able to cover running backs, tight ends, and even slot receivers.
- Has the upside to be an effective blitzer despite not being used as one in college.
- Can play any linebacker position.
- Unknown as a pass rusher.
- Doesn't have ideal length.
- Surgically repaired meniscus, medicals will need to be checked.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - 4th
Mocking The Draft - 4th
CBS - 4th
Draft Tek - 13th
Does He Fit With the Giants?
Seriously, the question isn't whether or not Jack fits with the GIants, the question is whether or not they'll have the chance to draft him. There are some calling him the best player in the 2016 draft, and he can do pretty much everything you would want a linebacker to do, especially in the "modern" NFL.
"Off ball" linebackers, those linebackers who line up and play in space, either covering or using their athleticism to chase down plays, generally don't get drafted nearly as highly as 'backers who have pass-rushing upside. That being said, Jack's effortless athleticism and feel for coverage will likely have him taken in the first five selections.
It is possible the Giants have a shot at him, but Jobu would probably want barrels of rum and a whole fried chicken franchise of his choice.