In one of the more harsh falls in NFL draft history, potential top 5 pick Myles Jack fell all the way out of the first round because of his torn meniscus that could one day require a serious micro-fracture knee surgery. Without the knee injury Myles Jack would have been in the discussion for the 1st pick, with it he wasn't even in the 1st round.
The most interesting part of this fall is that the knee injury was known of well before the draft, but nobody foresaw this massive fall for the UCLA linebacker. Part of the reason this fall may have happened is because of the candor that Jack spoke with coming up to the draft. He admitted the knee injury was likely to need surgery eventually and that he would understand if he fell in the draft.
In another interesting twist, it appears that if Myles Jack were to fall to pick 45 or later in the draft that he would then qualify for a payout from his $5 million loss of value insurance policy. For you Raiders fans doing the math, that is one pick after the Raiders 2nd round selection which is pick number 44. I would have to say it would be more than a little shocking with that in mind for Jack to qualify for that payout, because it would be crazy for the Raiders to pass him up in the 2nd round.
Still, this situation shows just how unpredictable the NFL draft is year after year. Myles Jack is one of the best linebackers in the draft, and he is an athlete that is capable of playing safety and was impressive in spot duty as a running back as well. Still, his bum knee has him falling in one of the most epic draft dives in NFL history.
Now that he has lost quite a bit of money in salary from the difference between a high first round selection and a second round selection everything is likely to change for the star linebacker. The risk/reward ration is far more acceptable at the smaller contract and some team is going to give him a chance soon into the 2nd day of the NFL draft. Hopefully that team is the Oakland Raiders, but Jack lasting to 44 would be almost as shocking as him falling out of the 1st round entirely.
Former UCLA Bruins LB Myles Jack will collect on insurance policy if he falls to 45th pick
Former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, who was not chosen in the first round of the NFL draft, has a $5 million loss-of-value insurance policy that will begin paying out if he falls to the 45th pick.
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NFL teams knew Myles Jack's knee was an issue, after poking at it thoroughly at the Scouting Combine and the subsequent medical re-check. But it might have been something the talented-but-injured UCLA linebacker said about his condition that scared a number of teams away, as much as the condition.
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