How Myles Jack’s knee injury dropped him out of the first round

1:53 | NFL
Why did Myles Jack fall out of the first round?
Friday April 29th, 2016

Get breaking news and SI’s biggest stories instantly. Download the new Sports Illustrated app (iOS or Android) and personalize your experience by following your favorite teams and SI writers.

Once a touted prospect, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack slipped out of the first round of Thursday’s draft due to a serious knee injury.​

Jack was the Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2013 and an all-conference player his first two years in college, doubling as a running back due to injuries on the roster and excelling.

Jack tore his meniscus during practice with the Bruins in September 2015, ending his junior season. He withdrew from school on Oct. 6 to focus on draft preparations. Before the injury, he was widely projected as a first-round pick.

In early 2016, some mock drafts had Jack in the top 10, even after the injury. He was expected to be ready to take the field right away as a pro, but he fell from the first round regardless, the injury apparently scaring 31 teams away at that stage of the draft.


One day before the draft, Jack spoke to the New York Post, admitting that the injury came with a degenerative aspect that brings with it the possibility of microfracture surgery, a potentially career-ending procedure, early in his career. He said he would understand if it hurt his draft stock, and called it “nothing extreme.”

Jack was one of six players left in the green room at the end of the first round, and now presents a risk-reward opportunity for teams as the second round begins.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.