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.

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Preview: UCLA in the NFL Draft

Photos by Keith Birmingham (Pasadena Star-News) and SCNG file

Myles Jack (top left), Caleb Benenoch (top right), Kenny Clark (bottom left) and Jordan Payton (bottom right) are some of UCLA’s NFL Draft prospects this year. Photos by Keith Birmingham (Pasadena Star-News) and SCNG file

 

Some links in advance of the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday at 5 p.m.:

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UCLA Pro Day: Linebacker Myles Jack is ‘capable of greatness’

Here’s a roundup from today’s UCLA Pro Day, starting with the two stories set to run in tomorrow’s LANG newspapers …

» Myles Jack wasn’t at 100 percent on Tuesday, but Jim Mora said the linebacker is “capable of greatness.”
» Mora said he could envision 11 Bruins being drafted, which would nearly double UCLA’s record in the seven-round draft era.

And video interviews from …

LB/RB/DB Myles Jack:

Defensive tackle Kenny Clark:

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PHOTOS: UCLA Pro Day showcases Bruins for NFL Draft

Myles Jack said he was operating at around “80 percent” during UCLA Pro Day on March 15. The UCLA linebacker had declared for the NFL draft shortly after tearing his meniscus in September. (Thomas Cordova/Staff)

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UCLA LB Myles Jack wants to prove he’s not an ‘urban legend’

Myles Jack will enter the upcoming NFL draft as a consensus top-10 pick, about as sure a prospect as any franchise could hope for in the inexact science of talent evaluation.

For the past several months, the main concern for most scouts has been the health of Jack’s knee. On Tuesday, the former UCLA linebacker put himself through a number of drills during the Bruins’ Pro Day on campus — showing dozens of NFL personnel that the meniscus he tore six months ago is no longer a hindrance.

“That’s why it was so important for me to come out and show myself, show face,” he said. “Move around a little bit just to show people that it’s not like a myth or urban legend or anything. I’m really here. I can move around.”

Jack said he currently feels like he’s around “80 percent,” but was able to record a 40-inch vertical — a mark that would’ve tied for eighth-best among NFL Combine participants last month. However, that’s about three or four inches below what he would have been happy with.

He also held off on running a 40-yard dash. Instead, he plans to hold another workout in front of scouts on April 1.

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