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2016 NFL Draft: Myles Jack says he "could see myself" in New York

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Do the Giants really have a shot at drafting the UCLA linebacker?

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Myles Jack
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The odds of UCLA linebacker Myles Jack falling to the New York Giants at No. 10 in the 2016 NFL Draft might not be great, but they probably got a wee bit better Thursday with the news that the Los Angeles Rams have traded up to the No. 1 spot in the draft, where they are almost certain to take a quarterback. In New York City Wednesday Jack told reporters that he has thought about playing for the Giants.

"I could see myself in this city," Jack said while making a promotional appearance alongside Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey for Speed Stick in the Garment District. "I think I have a personality that fits this city. It's an immediate city - things happen fast in this city - and it has high expectations. I think I fit the bill for that." ...

"I love it," he said. "When we were driving around, I just liked the whole mentality. I think it's really cool, I think it's unique."

Jack is considered the best linebacker in the draft, and should the medical re-check of his knee go well on Thursday could easily end up being one of the first five players selected. If he somehow fell to the Giants it is conceivable he could be the first linebacker taken by the Giants in Round 1 since Carl Banks in 1984.

Jack is No. 4 on our Consensus Big Board.

Here is what Chris wrote about Jack in his prospect profile:

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 remains highly unlikely that the Giants will have an opportunity to draft Jack. Go ahead and dream, though. You're allowed to do that.