The Detroit Lions are struggling mightily, especially after the lost Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins this year. So far this season, they’ve given up 1,187 yards to opponents. While their linebackers have improved since their dismal Week 1 performance, the Lions would be wise to shore up their defense.
Myles Jack is out for the season after sustaining an ACL injury. His abilities and talent should continue to make him an attractive player despite the injury. Running back Todd Gurley was drafted by the Rams even though he was still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in November. Jack should be on track to recover in time to participate in preseason activities.
Jack makes a huge difference for the UCLA squad. Without him, the team put up a dismal performance defensively against Arizona. Coach Jim Mora did not mince words about his team’s defense sans Myles: “I’ve never seen anything like it. It makes me sick to my stomach.”
Scouts have been enthusiastic about Jack for some time, praising his keen instincts, athleticism, and playmaking ability. One unnamed NFL executive said, “The closest comparison is to Jamie Collins. He reminds me of him as a playmaker. He’s a much better player than (former UCLA LB) Akeem Ayers (who was drafted) No. 39 (overall) his year (2011).”
Fantastic in coverage and versatile, Jack is a strong blocker and good in both man and zone coverage. He should be able to step in his first year and contribute effectively.
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