When the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft to take UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, it was viewed as a calculated risk with a lot of potential reward. There were concerns about Jack’s knee leading up to the draft and a player many thought would be a Top 10 pick, ended up in the second round. After the 2016 season, which saw Jack struggle to even get on the field, a lot of people wondered if the team could have better used that second round pick, but so far in the 2017 NFL season with Jack as a full-time starter, it appears the correct decision was made.
Four linebackers have yet to miss a tackle in over 100 snaps this season. Myles Jack hasn't missed one in 264 pic.twitter.com/6RImDm1Gi6— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 3, 2017
Jack made a weird transition during the offseason first going to middle linebacker, then switching back to strongside linebacker to kind of a mix between the two, playing all three downs. During the preseason it appeared to be an up and down type of transition that left a few nervous for how it would all play out.
Through the first four games of the season, Jack has been pretty fantastic a player. As you can see above, he hasn’t missed a tackle practically all season. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t made mistakes, because he does still over pursue and doesn’t recognize some things quick enough, but those are expected growing pains. Just simply a live-watch of games you can see what Jack brings to the table in terms of his speed and violence.
Good thing Dan Skuta played so much last season.