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Ohio St Holds #1 Spot With Top Seven Teams Undefeated

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Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll –
Ohio St Holds #1 Spot With Top Seven Teams Undefeated

Photo - RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St.

Team of Week - LSU

Players of Week
Offense - RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St.
Defense - LB Kyle Fackrell - Utah St.

Draft Insiders’ - Top 25 Poll Week #8 Rankings

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Ohio St. - 7-0
2. Baylor - 6-0
3. Utah - 6-0
4. TCU - 7-0
5. LSU - 6-0
6. Michigan St. - 7-0
7. Clemson - 6-0
8. Alabama - 6-1
9. Florida St - 6-0
10. Notre Dame - 6-1
11. Stanford - 6-1
12. Iowa - 7-0
13. Oklahoma St. - 6-0
14. Oklahoma - 4-1
15. Florida - 6-1
16. Texas A&M - 6-1
17. California - 5-1
18. Memphis - 6-0
19. Houston - 6-0
20. Toledo - 6-0
21. Duke - 5-1
22. Mississippi - 5-2
23. Michigan - 5-2
24. Temple - 6-0
25. Pittsburgh - 5-1

AP Top 25

Rank/Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(45) 7-0 1547
2 Baylor(12) 6-0 1488
3 TCU(4) 7-0 1417
4 Michigan State 7-0 1334
5 LSU(1) 6-0 1324
6 Clemson 6-0 1271
7 Utah(1) 6-0 1258
8 Alabama 6-1 1123
9 Florida State 6-0 1111
10 Notre Dame 6-1 924
11 Stanford 5-1 898
12 Oklahoma State 6-0 839
13 Iowa 7-0 833
14 Florida 6-1 751
15 Oklahoma 5-1 665
16 Texas A&M 5-1 623
17 Memphis 6-0 544
18 Michigan 5-2 544
19 California 5-1 370
20 Toledo 6-0 322
21 Duke 5-1 305
22 Houston 6-0 289
23 Ole Miss 5-2 201
24 Temple 6-0 163
25 Georgia 5-2 95

Dropped from rankings: UCLA 18, Boise State 20, Northwestern 21

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 38, Wisconsin 37, Pittsburgh 32, North Carolina 30, UCLA 30, Texas Tech 14, BYU 9, Navy 9, Oregon 5, Illinois 5, Western Kentucky 5, Utah State 5, Washington State 5, Northwestern 4, Marshall 3, Arizona 2, Boise State 2, Bowling Green 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Baylor 6-0 300
2 Ohio State 7-0 296
3 Utah 6-0 295
4 LSU 6-0 292
5 Clemson 6-0 277
6 TCU 7-0 258
7 Alabama 6-1 249
8 Michigan State 7-0 242
9 Florida State 6-0 217
10 Stanford 5-1 207
11 Florida 6-1 193
12 Notre Dame 6-1 190
13 Iowa 7-0 163
14 Oklahoma State 6-0 159
15 Oklahoma 5-1 132
16 Texas A&M 5-1 123
17 Memphis 6-0 122
18 Michigan 5-2 115
19 Houston 6-0 85
20 California 5-1 77
21 Temple 6-0 54
22 Toledo 6-0 53
23 Duke 5-1 46
24 Ole Miss 5-2 24
25 Pittsburgh 5-1 17

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Packers & Patriots Top NFL Power Poll Week 6

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NFL Power Rankings Week 6 –
Packers & Patriots Top NFL Power Poll

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - RB Todd Gurley - Rams

Defensive Player - CB Quinten Rollins - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Eli Manning - Giants -

Defensive Player - DE Fletcher Cox - Eagles

Photo - QB Eli Manning - Giants

Team of Week 5 - Bengals
Matchup of Week 6 – Carolina at Seattle

Rank / Team / Record

1. Green Bay Packers (5-0)
Packers have built a huge lead in the NFC North.

2. New England Patriots (4-0)
Patriots are the top ranked NFL offense thus far.

3. Denver Broncos (5-0)
Broncos’ defense is leagues’ top ranked unit.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (5-0)
The Bengals’ Andy Dalton came up big vs the Seahawks in crunch time.

5. Atlanta Falcons (5-0)
Falcons’ will be fully tested by the desperate Saints on Thursday night.

6. Arizona Cardinals (4-1)
Cards look to build on their strong start with AFC North clubs on the agenda.

7. Carolina Panthers (4-0)
The Panthers rested after bye for key road game to Seattle this week.

8. New York Jets (3-1)
The Jets are home vs the Redskins this week with Patriots up next.

9. New York Giants (3-2)
GMen are wounded in key areas with their trip to Philadelphia this Monday night.

10. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Cowboys are dropped three in a row with bye week to prepare for key game with Giants up in two weeks.

11. St. Louis Rams (2-3)
The Rams’ get their bye week to regroup after a very lackluster start to the season.

12. Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
The overrated Seahawks face a critical home game with the Panthers coming in this Sunday.

13. Buffalo Bills (3-2)
The Bills got a W in Tennessee and get a major AFC matchup at home with Bengals.

14. San Diego Chargers (2-3)
Chargers lost a heartbreaker to the Steelers on Monday night and need to regroup with trip to Green Bay this week.

15. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Vikings return from their bye week and face the disappointing Chiefs this week.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
Eagles played well vs the Saints and get the Giants at home Monday night in a major NFC East matchup.

17. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
The Colts have won two in a row without QB Andrew Luck and could get their leader back this week for Patriots game at home.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Steelers’ stole the Monday night game vs the Chargers and get the high powered Cardinals this week.

19. New Orleans Saints (1-4)
Saints face NFC South rival, the Falcons at home in a must win situation for their playoff aspirations.

20. Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Browns won a key overtime game vs the Ravens, with the Broncos coming in this Sunday.

21. Baltimore Ravens (1-4)
The Ravens travel to San Fran in a must win situation between falling recent former Super Bowl opponents.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4)
The Chiefs lost to the lowly Bears and are watching their season slip away early this year.

23. Houston Texans (1-4)
Texans travel to Jacksonville in desperate situation to get a victory.

24. Washington Redskins (2-3)
The Skins face the tough Jets defense this week in an effort to get to .500 level.

25. Miami Dolphins (1-3)
The Dolphins return to the action after bye week that saw a change of command in the coaching staff.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)
The Jaguars continue to be competitive, but come up short consistently with the game on the line.

27. Oakland Raiders (2-3)
The Raiders get their bye week after a tough loss to AFC West rival, the Broncos.

28. Chicago Bears (2-3)
The Bears have won two in a row that may be their highlight video for the entire season.

29. Tennessee Titans (1-3)
The Titans host the Dolphins this Sunday after a tough loss to the Bills last week.

30. San Francisco 49ers (1-4)
The 49ers’ lost a heartbreaker vs the Giants and host the Ravens this Sunday.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-3)
Bucs outlasted the Jaguars for win last week and sit out with their bye this weekend.

32. Detroit Lions (0-5)
Lions were embarrassed last week by Arizona and face the equally horrible Bears this Sunday and will look for their first win at home.

Michigan Dominates Northwestern With 3rd Straight Shutout

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College Football Mondays - Week 6

Michigan Dominates Northwestern With 3rd Straight Shutout

Photo: DE Emmanuel Ogbah - Oklahoma St

Team of the Week: Michigan

Players of Week
Offense: QB Trevone Boykin – TCU
Defense: DE Emmanuel Ogbah - Oklahoma St.

Michigan made their strongest statement of the season with their third straight shutout vs undefeated Northwestern. To say new HC Jim Harbaugh has made a big difference in Ann Arbor would be an understatement. The Wolverines reeled off their 5th straight victory since their opening day loss to Utah. They took the lead from the opening kickoff when Jehu Chesson returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a TD as the Wolverines never looked back. HC Harbaugh has set the pace and created a new culture quickly and starting to build momentum for key games with Michigan St, and Ohio St. on the schedule with every team in their Big Ten East division upcoming.

Their nationally ranked defense will get fully tested this week vs Michigan St. where QB Connor Cook leads a talented offense that has yet to right stride through the first half of the season. The Wolverines are showing the Harbaugh toughness and the ability to play sound football. They will challenge both Michigan St and Ohio St. for Big Ten leadership. We will have more on the upcoming Michigan vs Michigan St. game later this week.

Bulldog tailback Nick Chubb tailback sustained a knee injury on his first rushing attempt vs Tennessee and was finished for the day. He is expected to miss at least the next month and possibly the season that could certainly be in jeopardy. Over his short Georgia career, he produced 13 straight 100 yard rushing performances entering the Tennessee contest that surpassed a record held by legendary runner Herschel Walker.

LSU’s Leonard Fournette produced 158 yards on 20 carries that buried South Carolina 44-24. Fournette had produced three straight 200 yard rushing games that were both a new team and SEC record. At midseason with LSU a top five club currently, he is the leading Heisman Trophy candidate with over 100 yards rushing already in just five games. With several huge SEC games on the schedule like Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss, he will be center stage to impress voters on national TV.

Ohio St. tailback Ezekiel Elliott may be Fournette’s main competition for the Heisman Trophy with several impressive first half performances. Last week, he rushed for 106 yards on 21 carries and 2 TDs. For the season, he has totaled 835 yards on 121 carries for over a 7 yard average and 10 TDs. He has also showed big play ability to break 60 and 70 yard plays from scrimmage.

Two troubled programs, Tennessee and Texas both won huge conference games that can reverse their fortunes this season. The Vols’ beat Georgia 38-31 when they came back from a 21 point deficit. QB Joshu Dodd threw for 321 yards and ran for 118 yards that accounted for 5 TDs. They travel the next two weeks to Alabama vs the Crimson Tide and to arch rival Kentucky that could define their season. They had lost three straight 13 point leads in recent weeks that had the program thinking of major changes throughout.

The Texas Longhorns (2-4) came up big in the Red River Rivalry game vs Oklahoma. They beat the Sooners 24-17 that pushed Oklahoma out of the top ten. Their offense literally pushed the Sooners all over the field with 313 yards rushing that controlled the clock and field position. The Longhorns defense harassed Sooner QB Baker Mayfield with 6 sacks, in their best performance of the season. It was an impressive and surprising victory after getting waxed by #3 TCU last week 50-7 in a horrible overall effort. Texas gets a bye this week and faces a diet of six Big 12 opponents the next two months where they could salvage the season with a possible .500 season. HC Charlie Strong is only in his second season, but inherited a falling program that struggles to play with consistency and the firepower that is essential to winning in the wild high scoring Big 12 Conference.

Game of the Week - Michigan St. (6-0) at Michigan (5-1)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes ‘College Football Mondays’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Ohio St Holds #1 Spot With Utah, TCU & Baylor Rising In Top Five

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Ohio St Holds #1 Spot With Utah, TCU & Baylor Rising In Top Five

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll - Week #7 Rankings

Photo - QB Trevone Boykin - TCU

Team of Week - Michigan

Players of Week
Offense - QB Trevone Boykin - TCU
Defense - DE Emmanuel Ogbah - Oklahoma St

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Poll – Week #7 Rankings

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Ohio St. - 6-0
2. Utah - 5-0
3. TCU - 6-0
4. Baylor - 5-0
5. LSU - 5-0
6. Michigan St. - 6-0
7. Clemson - 6-0
8. Alabama - 5-1
9. Texas A&M - 6-0
10. Florida St - 5-0
11. Florida - 6-0
12. Mississippi - 5-1
13. Notre Dame - 5-1
14. Michigan - 5-1
15. UCLA - 4-1
16. Stanford - 4-1
17. Oklahoma St. - 6-0
18. Iowa - 6-0
19. California - 5-1
20. Oklahoma - 4-1
21. Boise St. - 5-1
22. Northwestern - 5-1
23. Toledo - 5-0
24. Houston - 5-0
25. Duke - 5-1

AP Top 25

Rank/Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State(27) 6-0 1411
2 Baylor(13) 5-0 1390
3 TCU(3) 6-0 1354
4 Utah(16) 5-0 1350
5 Clemson(1) 5-0 1260
6 LSU 5-0 1231
7 Michigan State 6-0 1139
8 Florida 6-0 1075
9 Texas A&M(1) 5-0 1046
10 Alabama 5-1 1034
11 Florida State 5-0 937
12 Michigan 5-1 894
13 Ole Miss 5-1 803
14 Notre Dame 5-1 766
15 Stanford 4-1 662
16 Oklahoma State 6-0 614
17 Iowa 6-0 520
18 UCLA 4-1 487
19 Oklahoma 4-1 342
20 Northwestern 5-1 317
21 Boise State 5-1 260
22 Toledo 5-0 237
23 California 5-1 204
24 Houston 5-0 121
25 Duke 5-1 114

Dropped from rankings: USC 17, Georgia 19

Others receiving votes: Temple 96, Memphis 59, Arizona State 27, Mississippi State 19, Georgia 16, Texas Tech 10, BYU 8, Western Kentucky 5, USC 5, Kentucky 4, Penn State 4, Navy 3, North Carolina 1

Coaches Poll

Rank /Team /Record /Points
1 Ohio State (47) 6-0 1547
2 Baylor (8) 5-0 1463
3 TCU (5) 6-0 1441
4 Michigan State (1) 6-0 1358
5 LSU (1) 5-0 1288
6 Clemson 5-0 1245
7 Utah (1) 5-0 1239
8 Florida State 5-0 1080
9 Alabama 5-1 1052
10 Texas A&M 5-0 1028
11 Florida 6-0 1001
12 Ole Miss 5-1 837
13 Notre Dame 5-1 786
14 Michigan 5-1 760
15 Oklahoma State 6-0 689
16 Stanford 4-1 677
17 Iowa 6-0 525
18 UCLA 4-1 466
19 Oklahoma 4-1 432
20 Boise State 5-1 321
21 Northwestern 5-1 242
22 Memphis 5-0 185
23 California 5-1 174
24 Duke 5-1 154
25 Toledo 5-0 149

Dropped from rankings: Georgia 16, USC 17

Others receiving votes: Houston 75, Temple 71, Georgia 61, Arizona State 33, Mississippi State 21, Wisconsin 20, Kentucky 13, Kansas State 11, Penn State 6, USC 4, Texas 4, Texas Tech 4, West Virginia 3, North Carolina 3, Washington 2, Navy 2, Tennessee 1, Illinois 1, Arizona 1

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Rutgers' Receiver Leonte Carroo Reinstated for Michigan St. Game

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Rutgers' Receiver Leonte Carroo Reinstated For Michigan St. Game Saturday
Senior Hopes to Give Offense a Boost Thru Difficult Stretch of Games

Senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Rutgers football team. The school announced the decision this week after a judge dismissed simple assault charges that were filed against Carroo. Rutgers hosts Michigan St this Saturday (8 p.m., BTN).

Photo – WR Leonte Carroo - Rutgers

Coach Kyle Flood said Carroo agreed to some undisclosed conditions and “accepted the responsibility” that comes with his return to the team. The simple-assault charges were filed last month, after authorities said Carroo attacked a woman he used to date after a game and slammed her onto concrete. The woman received injuries on her hip, hands, elbow and head.

Carroo, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior captain, was arrested only days after six current and three former Rutgers players were charged with a series of violent crimes. Carroo has been suspended since Sept. 13.
Carroo practiced on Thursday morning and is eligible to play on Saturday. It was his first practice in almost four weeks. Carroo had seven receptions for 181 yards and 3 TDs this season before the suspension. Last season, he caught 55 passes for 1,086 yards and 10 TDs. He received a 3rd round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee last January and opted to return for his final season.

Frank Coyle of Draft Insiders’ ranks Carroo a Top 10 senior receiver in the NFL Draft 2016 class. Coyle states, “Carroo is a solid talent – good size, speed and receiving skills. He can jump and win in a crowd with sure hands. He lacks imposing skills to be a #1 receiver, though he has all the components to be a fine #2 wideout with early starting talent. The resolution of this off the field issue allows him to focus on football and academic issues. He has been on the Senior Bowl Watch List since the past summer and can regroup and focus on earning an invitation to the premier classic All-star week in Mobile, Alabama in late January.

Carroo said he was blessed to be back with the team. "I would like to thank Coach Flood, my family and friends for my opportunity to be back on the team," Carroo said. "I'm relieved that the case is behind me and it's dismissed. I'm just happy to be back out here with my teammates and ready to go."

"This was a very serious matter and I don't take any of this for granted," Carroo said. "I'm just blessed to be back out here. After speaking with my family and friends and teammates, I understand this is a blessing and I am very lucky and fortunate. But like I said, this was a very unfortunate event."

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL Power Rankings - Falcons & Panthers Top NFC South

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NFL Power Rankings Week 5 –
Falcons & Panthers Keep NFC South Perfect at Top

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - RB Todd Gurley - Rams

Defensive Player - LB Stephone Anthony - Saints

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - RB Chris Ivory - Jets -

Defensive Player - Safety T.J. Ward - Broncos

Team of Week 4 - Giants
Matchup of Week 5 – St Louis at Green Bay

Rank / Team / Record

1. Green Bay Packers (4-0)
Packers face a tough Rams defense this week in a key NFC matchup.

2. New England Patriots (3-0)
Patriots are rested for their trip to Big D.

3. Denver Broncos (4-0)
Broncos’ defense is coming up big in the early action.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-0)
The Bengals get an acid test at home with the Seahawks coming to town this Sunday.

5. Atlanta Falcons (4-0)
Falcons’ HC Dan Quinn has this defense playing smart.

6. Arizona Cardinals (3-1)
Cards lost a tough contest with the Rams in the leagues strongest division.

7. Carolina Panthers (4-0)
The Panthers rest this week after a strong opening month atop the NFC South.

8. Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
Seahawks continue their unimpressive play, but find a way to win in crunch time.

9. New York Jets (3-1)
The Jets buried the Dolphins and get their bye week before a stretch of weak opponents.

10. San Diego Chargers (2-2)
Chargers host the Steelers on Monday night and need to make a statement here.

11. New York Giants (2-2)
GMen pounced on the Bills last week and get the 49ers at home Sunday night.

12. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Cowboys lost in overtime to the Saints and host the Patriots in a critical early season matchup.

13. St. Louis Rams (2-2)
The Rams’ won a hard fought contest vs the Cardinals and travel to Green Bay in another key NFC contest.

14. Buffalo Bills (2-2)
The Bills defense has been toasted under HC Rex Ryan. They should get well in Tennessee.

15. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Vikings are on their bye week and hope to regroup with a soft month of upcoming games.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)
Eagles are in disarray and must show up vs a rejuvenated Saints’ club coming to town.

17. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Without QB Andrew Luck, the Colts just got by Jaguars in overtime. They face South rival, the Texans on Thursday night.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
Steelers’ gave away game to the Ravens and need big effort in San Diego Monday night.

19. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3)
The Chiefs got wacked by Bengals’ last week and face almost a must win situation at home vs the Bears this Sunday.

20. Baltimore Ravens (1-3)
The Ravens were handed a gift by the Steelers and stay in the division with the Browns coming to town.

21. Houston Texans (1-3)
Texans host the Colts on Thursday night with their highly touted defense a major disappointment.

22. Cleveland Browns (1-3)
Browns find new ways to lose games and face a strong schedule over next two months.

23. New Orleans Saints (1-3)
Saints won a key matchup with the Cowboys and go to Philly for major NFC matchup.

24. Washington Redskins (2-2)
Washington beat the Eagles last week in an impressive effort. Travel to Atlanta to determine if that was real.

25. Miami Dolphins (1-3)
The Dolphins were waxed again this time by the Jets to got HC Joe Philbin fired. They get their bye week to regroup after a horrible start.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)
The Jaguars play hard every week but don’t know how to win yet. Face the Bucs this week.

27. Oakland Raiders (1-3)
The Raiders lost to the lowly Bears last week. They host West rival, Broncos in must win scenario.

28. Tennessee Titans (1-2)
The Titans host the Bills this week and had two weeks to prepare. Let’s see if rookie QB Marcus Mariota went to school on the opponent.

29. Detroit Lions (0-4)
Lions gave game to Seattle and will look for their first win at home vs Arizona in desperate situation.

30. San Francisco 49ers (1-3)
The 49ers’ offense is struggling mightily and go to MetLife to face the hot GMen.

31. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-3)
Bucs will make key mistakes with young roster looking mature in tough division.

32. Chicago Bears (1-3)
The Bears beat the hapless Raiders and go on the road for the next two vs desperate Chiefs and Lion.

UCLA Linebacker Myles Jack Will Enter the NFL Draft 2016

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UCLA Linebacker Myles Jack Will Enter the NFL Draft 2016 After Season Ending Knee Injury

Photo – LB Myles Jack - UCLA

UCLA junior linebacker Myles Jack has withdrawn from school and will enter the 2016 NFL draft announced by Bruins coach Jim Mora today. Jack tore his anterior meniscus in his right knee in September and subsequently underwent surgery, sidelining him for the rest of the season. His projected recovery time is 4-6 months that would allow him to workout at the UCLA pro day in March. He would be a borderline NFL Combine participant if the recovery time is accurate. He is eligible for the NFL Draft 2016 and three years removed from his HS class graduation.

Jack has started for the Bruins at linebacker since his freshman season in 2013, and also earned All-Pac-12 second-team honors last season. He has played on both sides of the ball, filling in as a feature back where he was very effective for periods. He has also been a kickoff returner showing rare versatility and athleticism. He fits both pro schemes with the ability to play all positions in the standard 4-3 set.

“My personal opinion is, I think he’s a tremendous football player and a tremendous athlete,” Mora said. “I think it’s very risky to do this. There’s going to be a lot of speculation of who he is and where he fits.”

“After long discussions with my family, teammates, coaches and friends, I have made the tough decision to leave UCLA and start preparation for the next step in my journey,” Jack wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “While I wish I could be on the field playing with my brothers, I’m ready to fulfill a childhood dream.”

As a sophomore in 2014, Jack finished with 88 tackles, second most on the team behind Butkus Award winner Eric Kendricks, who became a 2nd round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL Draft 2015.
Mora said Jack’s decision to leave school in early October rather than wait until the end of the season and the fall quarter was influenced by the opportunity to rehab and train full-time without class obligations.
“He doesn’t see any point of staying in school,” Mora said. “He’s taking his chips and shoving them into the middle,” Mora said, “and we hope he draws a good hand.”

Mora is a former head coach for the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, soft-pedaled the possibility, expressing concern about the limited junior film of Jack, who played in just three games this season. “I’ve been in 25 draft rooms, and I’ve never seen a guy taken off that,” Mora said. “Never.”

His final play of his college career will be a victory-preserving interception of BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum in the waning seconds of UCLA's 24-23 win over the Cougars on Sept. 19. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound linebacker had started for the Bruins since his second game as a freshman, a 41-21 victory at Nebraska on Sept. 14, 2013. He tallied five tackles on that day against the Cornhuskers.

He also burst onto the scene as a running back that season. Appearing for the first time in a late October in a win at Arizona, he rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown on six carries. He was named the Pac-12 freshman offensive and defensive player of the year, believed to be the first player to be named both. Over three seasons, he carried the ball 68 times for 387 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also started returning kicks this fall. Jack, a Bellevue, Wash., native, is expected to rehab and prep for the draft in the Seattle area.

“Myles’ talent is without question,” Mora said. “He’s extremely talented. An incredible athlete, plays with great energy and great passion and great emotion. Can do so many different things. I hope that he’s put enough out there that he can get a true evaluation, because if they can’t get a true evaluation of you, they’re not going to take you. They don’t take on speculation, not in the first round at least. Maybe in later rounds you go, ‘hey, we’ll take a flier on this guy.’ But there’s no such thing as an NFL GM who says, ‘hey, we’ll take a flier on a first-rounder.”

Frank Coyle projected Jack as a top 15 prospect prior to his knee injury. With the injury and today’s announcement, Coyle held that Jack can still be a first round selection off his athleticism and production. “He will have to workout in March/early April to maintain a first round grade, but all indications are that his rehab will be on schedule and allow him to showcase his athleticism. He is capable of a sub 4.6 speed combined with high football IQ and good technique. He is not only scheme diverse, he shows good coverage skills and overall development currently plus the ability to blitz and be a very effective three down backer.”

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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