On Tuesday, the UCLA Bruins’ star-studded linebacker Myles Jack left the UCLA football program to pursue the next step in his career.
Jack will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
Myles Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury while at practice just two weeks ago.
There will be people who agree and those who disagree with Jack’s ultimate decision, but it’s clear Jack is determined with where he wants to go:
By leaving UCLA now, Jack can start rehabbing his knee and prepare for the draft earlier than other prospects.
His prognosis was to be sidelined for four to six months, which puts him somewhere around March at the latest in terms of a full comeback — about a month or two before the NFL Draft.
He will have to work extremely hard in order for NFL teams not to look back his recent injury.
If you take his numbers at UCLA, he should be a clear cut first rounder.
In three years at UCLA, Jack produced 178 tackles, 15 sacks, and 4 interceptions…and that was just on defense!
He also served as UCLA’s running back at times.
Some people thought Myles Jack might have been UCLA’s lead back during his freshman year.
He rushed for over 250 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Jack has taken the defensive role more seriously, so his running numbers have not been the same the last two years.
Regardless, if Myles Jack is the player we have seen over the last three years wearing the blue and gold, one NFL team will have an absolute beast.
There are those people who think Jack should have stayed for the rest of the year encouraging teammates, being the team’s biggest cheerleader, and may even stay for a senior year.
I get it, Myles Jack leaving his teammates in a time when UCLA just suffered their first loss this last weekend against Arizona State is tough to swallow.
But, look at it from his point of view.
He wouldn’t step on the field again this year, so why not get started on the next step.
He can completely focus on getting back to 100% and preparing himself for the NFL.
I agree and support Jack’s decision.
As long as he is doing it for the right reasons, I have no problem backing him in any way.
I hope he works his butt off and can’t wait to see him dawn an NFL jersey next season.