Linebacker Myles Jack went undrafted in the first round due to concerns over his injured knee. As we approach the second round, teams might now have enough peace of mind to pull the trigger on the highly-talented UCLA product. Dr. James Andrews told Jack today that he does not need micro-fracture surgery, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Dr. Andrews, one of the nation’s foremost surgeons for athletes, also examined Jack back in December.
Jack missed most of the 2015 campaign thanks to a torn meniscus in his knee. In recent weeks, there were whispers that Jack required further surgery that could keep him off the field for part of the 2016 season. Now, it appears that will not be the case.
“[The degenerative problems are] there, but it’s nothing extreme. Down the line, possibly I could have microfracture surgery – potentially,” Jack told a reporter on Wednesday, possibly causing some alarm amongst NFL decision-makers. “Who knows what will happen? Nobody knows how long anybody is going to play in this league. To play three years in this league would be above average.”
The Cowboys are one team near the top of the draft that will apparently not consider Jack, but other teams will surely look to land the linebacker who was considered to be a top-15 player just one month ago. A Jaguars source told Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (on Twitter) that the team will not trade up to get Jack, but they might be willing to draft him at some point.
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