At least I do.Jack, a former Bellevue High School standout, is out for the rest of his junior season after tearing a ligament in his knee during a non-contact drill in practice last month.
The UCLA Bruin linebacker has made a decision to withdraw from the school and will enter the 2016 NFL Draft, where he has a chance of going in the first-round.
According to Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News, Mora said after Jack’s injury was first diagnosed he was “uncertain” if the 20-year-old would remain in school and that the two would talk about it at the end of November.
Mora added, “My personal opinion is he’s a tremendous football player and a tremendous athlete…And as I told Myles on Sunday, NFL teams are very, very conservative, and if there’s any question whatsoever, they’ll pass on you in heartbeat”.
Jack, a 6-foot-1, 245-pound junior, will have only five months before thorough medical evaluations at the NFL Combine in February, which are vital for his draft projection as team doctors are able to give scouts and general managers an update on his rehab.
In 2013, Jack was named the Pac-12’s offensive and defensive freshman of the year after starring at both linebacker and running back. I care about him very much, obviously.
“He’s taking his chips and shoving them into the middle”, Mora said, “and we hope he draws a good hand”. Yes, it is rare for a player to announce this decision in October, but it is Jack’s choice. But Jack will leave after just 29 games at UCLA. This year chose to focus exclusively on playing defense. “Never. I worry about that for him”.
Jack also took out a million insurance policy more than a year ago that will protect him in case his injury affects his draft position. The injury was severe enough to take him out for the season.
“I’ve been in 25 draft rooms, and I’ve never seen a guy taken off that”, Mora said.
“His talent is without question”, Mora said. Now that he’s no longer a UCLA student, the 20-year-old will rehab and train on his own, likely at an out-of-state facility.