INDIANAPOLIS — Myles Jack will not participate in on-field drills at the National Scouting Combine in Indianapolis as he’s still awaiting to be cleared by doctors. However, he did sound confident that he would be cleared on March 11, just in time for his pro day on March 15.
Despite not being able to participate in on-field drills, he’ll run the full gamut of auxiliary activities commonly associated with the NFL Combine experience. Jack has begun the process of interviewing with teams and has already undergone a thorough medical exam.
Doctors were able to get a closer look at Jack’s repaired meniscus which ended his junior season at UCLA. While he fully anticipated having the knee evaluated at the Combine, he was rather taken aback by how physical doctors were with him.
Jack said, “They were pretty blunt and pretty up front as far as moving my knee and twisting it and, ‘Does that hurt?’ And everything but it was fine. My agent told me they were going to be really aggressive with it and kind of trying to make it hurt to see if it hurts exactly, but it was fine.”
Jack played all over the field during his time at UCLA. He played each of the linebacker positions, and he also contributed on offense at the running back position. Jack expressed his desire to stick to one position in the NFL but he refused to define himself, for himself.
Jack was rather vague when asked what positions he’d like to play at the next level telling reporters, “That’s the thing, I see myself as a football player. I kind of want the teams to decide for themselves. I feel like I can play any position.
“Me personally I like being off the ball as a MIKE, WILL, SAM [linebacker]. Even I’ve heard some roles as a strong safety. I feel like I could do that role; it’s kind of a Kam Chancellor type of role. I feel like I could get the job done there.”
Jack will give his future team a world of flexibility on defense as he’s capable of performing well at multiple spots. However, Jack highlighted the fact that a lot of teams are looking at him at MIKE linebacker. While the Miami Dolphins could certainly improve at all three linebacker positions, it’s important to have an instinctive middle linebacker who excels against the run and the pass. Jack has proven capable in both phases of the game and could very well be what the Dolphins are missing at the position.
The Dolphins currently have two players on their roster with experience at the middle linebacker spot in Kelvin Sheppard and Koa Misi. Unfortunately, Sheppard will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9. If the Dolphins are unable to bring Sheppard back into the fold, Misi will be the lone linebacker with significant experience at middle linebacker.
Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi has position flexibility and has played strongside linebacker as well as middle linebacker. While there were mixed reviews about his performance at middle linebacker, it is very clear that he’s better served at strongside linebacker which frees him up to simply find the football and go after the opposing team’s ball carrier. At middle linebacker, he’s tasked with getting everyone lined up and watching plays unfold from the inside out which was initially foreign to Misi who began his NFL career as an outside linebacker.
Jack will do well as a MIKE linebacker in the NFL, and if he’s available at the No. 8 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Dolphins would greatly benefit from selecting him. The Dolphins struggles were evident with regards to gap integrity in the run game as well as covering tight ends down the seam during the 2015 season. Jack could certainly facilitate their efforts to rectify the aforementioned issues at MIKE linebacker.