So what if falling Myles Jack falls to Detroit Lions in NFL draft? – Detroit Free Press

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In Lions beat writer Dave Birkett’s latest podcast, it’s an NFL draft preview with ex-scout Greg Gabriel.

CHICAGO — Put the mock drafts away, the real thing is finally here.

When the NFL draft kicks off at 8 p.m. today (ESPN, NFL Network, live blog), quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are expected to go first and second, to the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively.

Beyond that, things are murky, though two story lines could rule the night (and impact who’s available for the Detroit Lions with the 16th pick).

First is the case of Myles Jack.

Jack is considered one of the top handful of prospects in the draft, a do-it-all linebacker from UCLA who missed most of last season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

That injury and its resulting degenerative condition raised concerns at the NFL’s combine medical recheck earlier this month, and it appears to be pushing him down draft boards across the league.

Fox Sports reported late Wednesday night that Jack now is expected to fall out of the top 10, and the linebacker admitted to the New York Post that he might eventually need microfracture surgery.

Once considered a surefire top-five pick, it’s now conceivable that Jack could be available to the Lions at pick No. 16 — and that the Lions could pass on him if their concerns mirror those of the rest of the league.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn, speaking about Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith — another top-five talent whose medical issues have knocked him off of several teams’ boards — said “we listen to our medical staff’ when it comes to evaluations of injured players.

“We have medical meetings about every prospect, whether them being at the combine or not at the combine, and they give us a medical evaluation, and then it’s kind of up to me and the doctors to decide the risk involved in taking a player like that,” Quinn said.

NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks said Jack’s injury is one of the true wild cards of the draft.

“It’s just the medical (that’s an issue with him),” Brooks said. “If he was clean — if he and Jaylon Smith were clean — those guys would be way up there.”

After Jack’s knee, Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch’s arm presents the next most intrigue in tonight’s first round.

Lynch is widely considered the No. 3 quarterback prospect in the draft, and he could interest the San Francisco 49ers (at No. 7), Cleveland Browns (No. 8), New Orleans Saints (No. 12), New York Jets (No. 20) or a host of other teams as a developmental prospect.

If Lynch goes in the top 15, he could push a higher-ranked prospect (Sheldon Rankins? Shaq Lawson?) the Lions’ way.

Brooks said “no one graded (Lynch) as a top-15 player,” and if he goes that high, like Jack falling, it will have a “domino effect” on the rest of the draft.

“The sweet spot, I think he needs to go in the 20s,” Brooks said. “If someone falls in love with him, maybe he goes in the teens early. Good player, but he’s raw. He’s a 6-6 athlete that can run around with a big arm. He’s talented, but he played in a simplistic offense that was really based on RPOs — run-pass option where he sticks the ball in the belly, reads the reaction of a second-level defender, hands it or throws it.

“So if you have a creative offensive coordinator who’s comfortable with that, which is why the Jets would appear to be a good fit, he goes. But if you’re asking him to go from Memphis to do traditional pro-style stuff, it could be a long year or two before he’s ready.”

The earlier Lynch goes, the more likely Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is to get pulled into the first round, with quarterback-needy teams perhaps worried about missing out on a signal caller.

Former Lions coach Steve Mariucci said Cook is “the most pro-ready guy” in the draft, but he still believes Cook goes in Round 2 on Friday.

“I think there are too many good players in other positions — like, a lot of these defensive linemen are going to push into the first, and some corners and some receivers,” Mariucci said. “So unless somebody wants to move up and grab him so he’s a first-round guy for that fifth-year reason, he’s probably going to be a second-round guy.”

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So what if falling Myles Jack falls to Detroit Lions in NFL draft? – Detroit Free Press

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