The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft to select UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, someone who a lot of people thought the Jaguars would end up picking with the No. 5 overall pick in the first round. Questions about Jack's knee came more frequent the closer we got to the draft, but the Jaguars lucked out in the first round with Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey falling into their lap.
But, they still ended up with Jack after his free fall out of the first round.
There are still a lot of questions surrounding the status of Jack's knee, but it appears a lot of the questions seem misplaced and assumptions about his progress are misplaced. There have been a lot of questions as to if Jack is healthy and "when he's able to play," but the reality is he can play right now. He's fine, right now.
"I'm definitely over it," Jack told reporters on Sunday when he met with the Jacksonville media for the first time. "Rookie minicamp is next week so hopefully when you guys see me running and playing football and having a good time I think maybe that will kind of slip out of your mind."
The day before Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell indicated that Jack has the all-clear, and had he still been in school at UCLA, he'd be a full go in spring practices right now. The concern with Jack's knee is down the line, in the future, not right now.
That doesn't mean the Jaguars won't take it slow with Jack and ease him back into the swing of things, as he hasn't practiced in a number of months, but there should not be any doubt about his prospectus for the 2016 season. As far as everyone is concerned right now, he's fully healthy and available to suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars.