The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded up and selected UCLA linebacker Myles Jack in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The Jaguars entered the draft with quite a few needs on the defensive side of the ball and seemingly have grabbed one of the best defensive player with their selection in the second round to pair with Jalen Ramsey, who they picked with the No. 5 overall pick.
Jack, who will likely get playing time initially as a strong side linebacker and on third downs, is a freak of an athlete in a linebacker body. He can give the Jaguars sideline-to-sideline playmaking ability, as well as someone who can excel in coverage on third down and lining up against tight ends, something the Jaguars have struggled with for years.
The big question on Jack entering the NFL Draft has been issues with his knee, believed to have a chondral defect in his knee and may need micro-fracture surgery at some point in the future, but the opinions on the matter are varied across the league. Obviously the Jaguars aren't scared off by the condition, else they'd have passed on him in the draft a second time.
Jack won the Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013, the first player to ever simultaneously win both awards, for his play as a linebacker and a running back. Jack's final season at UCLA was cut short by a meniscus injury in his knee, in which he decided to leave school, get his knee fixed and prepare for the NFL Draft.