Many analysts believe that if UCLA Bruins OLB Myles Jack hadn't injured his ACL, an injury that required surgery back in September of 2015, then he might have been the consensus number one overall pick. Jack is a pure athlete, and even played a little bit of runningback at UCLA, demonstrating his versatlity, speed and athletic ability. Aside from Jelani Jenkins, there really is not a linebacker with more than one of these traits on the Miami Dolphins roster heading into next season.
This is why I believe Myles Jack would be a viable option for the Dolphins with the 8th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Mack has perfect size for an outside linebacker coming in at 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds. This gives him enough height to cover tight ends while still possessing the necessary speed to cover runningbacks out of the backfield.
In 29 total games as a Bruin LB, Jack totaled 178 tackles, 1 sack, 4 picks, 19 passes defended, 2 fumbles recovered and 1 forced fumble. He was only able to play three games due to an injury to his ACL earlier this season. What is most interesting about Jack is his pure athleticism. In addition to starting at outside linebacker for one of the nation's more respected programs, Jack also spent time at the runningback position.
As a RB, jack totaled 387 yards on 68 attempts (5.7 avg) and 11 touchdowns while also adding one catch for 8 yards. This proves that Jack as the athletic versatility to play in the NFL. His complete list of stats can be found here.
The Miami Dolphins have glaring holes at the LB, CB and OL positions. If Laremy Tunsil is gone and both Jalen Ramsey and Vernon Hargreaves III are all off the board when the Dolphins pick at 8th overall, Myles Jack very well may be headed to South Beach as a rookie. The biggest question surrounding Jack will be his durability following his ACL injury, but as Todd Gurley and Adrian Peterson have demonstrated, players are coming back stronger than ever following these injuries.
Keep an eye out for Myles Jack.