Myles Jack falls out of first round

Former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack tumbled in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Photo by Keith Birmingham // Pasadena Star-News

Former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack tumbled in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Photo by Keith Birmingham // Pasadena Star-News

Once considered a lock as a top-five pick, former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack spent more than three painful hours in the green room in Chicago and didn’t hear his name called in the first round of the NFL Draft after reports of a serious issue with his knee torpedoed his draft stock. Reports indicated that the cartilage in his surgically repaired right knee was separating away from the bone after he tore the meniscus in September.

He told NFL Network on the pre-draft red carpet that he was not worried about his knee.

Teammates (former and present) and even opponents took to Twitter to support Jack during his draft free fall.

Former UCLA linebacker Eric Kenricks, currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings, tweeted a simple sad face emoji when his team passed on Jack at No. 23 overall. He deleted the tweet later (thus the need for a screen shot) and followed it with “Got a great receiver though!”

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As Jack tumbled out of the first round, NFL Networks showed a shot of a hand-written note for the linebacker from UCLA head coach Jim Mora, who attended the draft. The note listed notable players who fell in the draft: Dan Marino (27th overall to Miami, 1983), Aaron Rodgers (24th overall to Green Bay, 2005), Troy Polamalu (16th overall to Pittsburgh, 2003) and Randy Moss (21st overall to Minnesota in 1998).

The second round of the NFL Draft starts Friday at 4 p.m.

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  • drakejr

    Clowney’s terrible time in Houston hurt Jack. Teams won’t spend a first round pick on a possible surgical case like his. A first round pick is considered too valuable. Even the first few picks of the second round, to the extent they are viewed as extended first round picks at 1 through 5, might be considered a reach. But after that, teams will be lining up and treating that pick like a bargain.

    The first team that pulls the trigger on Jack will be glad they did. Surgery or no, he will be productive from day 1.

  • PVBruin17

    While I’m rooting for Jack, I don’t think the knee is the only red flag. His act of very publicly quitting the team immediately following his injury had a big time demoralizing effect on the team and the fan base. And, of course, there were those inexplicable penalties that seemed to pop up about once a game.

    • Xtracrazy32

      Heard from many people the guy is a punk! He has all the athletic ability in the world but the guy is a soap opera times 10.

  • Bigwoof1

    More surprised about Myles not being picked in the first round than not seeing Laker Rod gloating “I told you so.”

    • Laker Rod

      Of course I wouldn’t let you down…because as usual…I ended up being right. 88Straight ended up being the big fool as usual. LOL! I’ll say it again. I TOLD YOU SO.

      • Bigwoof1

        As usual? I say lucky stab. You’re still way under 50% in my book, and 88 straight is way above that percentile.

      • 88 Straight

        You claim to be in your 50’s but act like you are 12. I am sure the wife is thrilled, if she exists.

        • Laker Rod

          You’re probably like 62 with no job and no wife and definitely with the mental capacity of a 4 year old. LOL!!

          YOU LOST THE BET.

  • Sam Bam

    Was Jack’s injury worse than people originally thought it was? I feel bad for him. Marqise Lee sat in the green room expecting to be picked in the 1st round, but fell to the 2nd day.

    • gotroy22

      Both should have stayed in school.

      • Sam Bam

        Yes they should have.

        • 88 Straight

          Actually, if Jack has a chronic knee issue which limits his career, then every year of earning power is precious. Teams would have the same concern next year, so he might as well start making money now, IMO.

          • Laker Rod

            Man…you don’t know anything. If Jack rehabbed his knee and came back at UCLA better than ever and became a 1st team all american and helped UCLA win a conference championship…teams would be salivating.

            And if you don’t think this is possible at UCLA for 2016 season then how on earth could you be expecting Jack to excel in the NFL after being a “1st rounder” per you. LOL!! Make some sense.

          • 88 Straight

            Maybe you should have someone read the reports about his knee to you, and do so very slowly. Perhaps then you would understand his issue isn’t connected to future rehabbing or even this particular surgery according to those reports. It is about the possibility that he may require a future surgery a few years from now.

            Perhaps you also have a fake medical degree as well and know better than what has been reported.

          • Laker Rod

            Maybe you should shut up and listen to me next time explaining why Jack was too much of a risk as a 1st rounder. Maybe listen to Jim Mora too. LOL!!

            YOU WERE WRONG. YOU LOST THE BET. MAN UP

    • drakejr

      Reports are now saying that he might need microfracture surgery 3 to 4 years down the line. That’s a tough surgery to recover from and would keep him from playing for at least part of a season. There is no guarantee that it will be needed. But there is also no guarantee he won’t be reinjured. That’s enough to spook teams away from a first round selection.

      • Sam Bam

        That’s rough. I thought for sure Pete Carroll would pick him up and I think Jack would do well in the Seahawks defense. Hopefully he comes back strong.

  • Luis Wuence

    I think this is actually going to be a blessing in disguise for jack. Now he won’t have the pressure of being a top 5 or 10 pick. Can focus on getting fully healthy and go out and dominate. If you’re a team in the afc east, how do you not draft jack in round 2? This is a kid who can legitimately cover gronk 1v1. He is that good. Hopefully this motivates jack and like wadood said, lot of teams will be wishing they took him.

  • Xtracrazy32

    I personally think teams are afraid of jack, because of character issues! It’s no secret that he is a hothead, but I’ve heard the guy is a first class jerk. I bet the Cowboys will be the ones who take him.

    • Laker Rod

      Jack being a hot head showed when he got kicked out of several practices.

      Jack being a 1st class jerk is when team captain Jake Brendel yells at Jack and tells him to get out of here and criticizes Jack for always only thinking about himself.

      The other time Jack being a jerk was when a teammate asked him to take a position stance so he could demonstrate a technique to a reporter…Jack blew the teammate off and kept walking. Another teammate stepped in.

      Jack not being named a defensive captain when he was supposedly the best defensive player going into the season? Hmmm…

      So many factors. Jack’s penalty issues. Blown coverage assignments. Some fools out there who thought he was a 1st rounder simply think it was the knee. LOL!!

  • Laker Rod

    Of course as usual 88Straight tries to utilize the lone knee injury excuse as to why Myles Jack fell to the 2nd round. He made a bet with me claiming Jack would go in the 1st round. There were no qualifiers or anything. He plain lost but can’t man up and admit it.

    As others have chimed in…there are a number of reasons as to why Jack fell into the 2nd round and it’s pretty much the same reasons I gave well before the draft even took place.

    • 88 Straight

      More lies. That’s all you have. Anyone that gets joy out of a kid’s injury is a lowlife. Fits you to a tee. Fake UCLA grad. Why would you ever say that?

      That’s the reason that you go so crazy, because I call you out on all your lies. You can’t handle being called out.

      • Laker Rod

        Give it up. You lost the bet and you know it. Did you sleep at all last night? LOL!!! How does it feel being the laughing stock out there. HA HA HA. You bet Myles Jack would go in the 1st round. LOL!!! HA HA HA!!!

  • Laker Rod

    I’m blowing them out of proportions? Hey man…there were certain dummies claiming Jack was an easy 1st rounder. Reports were saying Top 5 pick. I stood firm in my position that Jack is a 2nd rounder. I didn’t blow anything out of proportion. He fell out of the 1st round plain and simple.

    Guys like 88 Straight and NYCBruin made fools of themselves. They bet me Jack would be a 1st rounder. They were WRONG.

    And Jack himself saying he was humiliated are all lessons in life. I would like to hope Jack grows up and matures. There is nothing wrong with being confident in his abilities but he needs to listen more and be more disciplined.

    • 88 Straight

      More lies. There was no bet. There was no UCLA diploma. There is no wife. You just keep repeating the same lies assuming that if you tell the same lie over and over again, someone will believe you. Pretty sad, Little Rodney. And pathetic.

      • Laker Rod

        The only one who LIES is YOU and you know it. You even tried to bet that Jack would be a 1st rounder. You were so convinced. Just like how you were convinced UCLA could win a conference championship with true frosh Josh Rosen. LOL!!! HA HA HA!!!

        YOU WERE WRONG! YOU GOT SLAUGHTERED. HUMILIATED!

        • 88 Straight

          UCLA grad? That wasn’t a lie?

          Shameless

          • Laker Rod

            Changing the subject as usual to something totally irrelevant and you even lied about it. Wake up.

            You don’t even deny you made the best about Myles Jack being a 1st rounder. YOU LOST. YOU WERE WRONG! LOL!!! YOU MADE A COMPLETE FOOL OF YOURSELF. HA HA HA!!!

          • 88 Straight

            Right on topic. It has to do with your constant lying and lack of credibility. Your unwillingness to answer just shows that you are not an honest person. Nothing you say can be believed. That is always on topic, except to a liar.

          • Laker Rod

            It’s true. You’re the one that LIES. It’s proven. You’re just a sore loser. LOL!!

            You claimed UCLA could win a conference championship with true frosh Rosen. WRONG!

            You bet Myles Jack would be a 1st rounder. WRONG!

            HA HA HA!!!

          • 88 Straight

            Could and would still create a problem for you. And neither would constitute a lie.

            You claiming we had a bet? Either simply wrong on your part or a blatant lie.

            You claiming to be a UCLA grad? A blatant lie.

          • Laker Rod, your email address on file with Disqus no longer works, and I can’t warn you about your many, many comments that violate the blog’s Comments Policy (which can be seen at the bottom of the blog page) via email, so I’m doing it this way.

            Most of the comments I see from you include strong insults aimed against other commenters. If this continues, I will be forced to remove you as a commenter on the UCLA blog. You can e-mail me at steven.rosenberg@langnews.com if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Laker Rod

    Interesting how Jim Mora lists certain players like Dan Marino, Troy Polamalu, Aaron Rodgers, etc. They all ended up 1st rounders still and accomplished way more than Myles Jack in college.