Myles Jack is a name that hasn't appeared much on the Detroit Lions' radar. Most believe the former UCLA linebacker is bound to go in the top ten of the draft, perhaps even the top five. But lately, concerns over Jack's knee injury has him sliding in mock drafts.
How late? Well, ESPN's Todd McShay actually has Jack falling all the way to the Lions at 16 overall in his final mock draft. McShay couldn't avoid the temptation:
Jack is falling on some teams' boards because of questions surrounding his knee injury. If healthy, he has one of the highest ceilings in this draft. Jack's athletic skill set would make Detroit better against both the run and pass.
As far as I've seen, this is the first mock draft that has the Lions selecting the high-profile linebacker, so I haven't really even considered this possibility. The Lions could always use another playmaker on defense, and their linebacker depth is pretty poor.
Jack's upside is certainly tempting enough, but if Jack is still there at 16, you have to really be concerned about that knee. Concerns recently swelled after Jack admitted he may need microfracture surgery down the line.
Jeff Risdon of SideLion Report, believes the Lions medical staff find Jack to be too much of a risk:
Many folks in Allen Park would be stunned if Jack is the pick, notably the medical staff https://t.co/dzf7ROOY7I— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) April 28, 2016
I have to agree. If Jack is there at 16, it means a lot of other teams think his injury situation is serious. Jack is certainly worth the consideration, but if he's plummeting, a first-round draft pick may be too risky.