PFF scouting report: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Below is the PFF draft profile for UCLA’s Myles Jack, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.
Off-the-ball linebacker; 910 of his 1,070 snaps in 2014 came at various spots at linebacker.
Stats to know:
Led all linebackers in the nation in 2014 with a coverage grade of +14.7.
What he does best:
• Outstanding in coverage; had the highest coverage grade at his position in 2014, and was ninth in this area again before injury in 2015.
• Can cover in the slot; high coverage grade between 2014 and 2015, spent 144 snaps in the slot in 2014, and 115 in 2015 before injury.
• Not purely a coverage linebacker. Showed the ability to use his hands and get off blocks, and had the 21st-highest grade against the run in 2014.
• Flashes pass-rushing ability, registering three hits and nine hurries on 66 pass-rushing snaps in 2014.
• Sure tackler, missing just six of the 91 he attempted over the past two seasons.
• Outstanding athlete to the point that UCLA used him as a running back, too, forcing 18 missed tackles on 30 carries and scoring four touchdowns over the past two seasons.
• Coming off a serious knee injury. Has had time to heal and looks to be clear, but still a consideration for most teams.
• Size-wise, he’s somewhere between a typical safety and linebacker, but his ability to get off blocks should alleviate most size concerns.
• Picked up 11 penalties in 1,277 snaps over the past two seasons, leading all linebackers in 2014 and 2015 before injury.
Player production comparison:
Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers. Jack’s ability in coverage reminds us a lot of Davis, who has ranked inside the top-five linebackers in terms of coverage grade in each of the past three seasons.
Jack is one of the best players in this draft class, and will be a serious consideration for most teams early in the draft. With his ability to cover (even from the slot), and how well he gets off blocks in the running game, it would be a shock to see him fall out of the top 10 picks.