Jason La Canfora reports that there are no indications that UCLA LB Myles Jack’s knee injury should significantly alter his draft status.
La Canfora adds that he didn’t find a single team who felt that Jack would drop outside of the top 10-15 picks. In fact, La Canfora mentions that Jack is still “very much” in consideration at the top of the draft, despite recent reports that said teams were concerned about his long-term health.
“This Myles Jack stuff is getting blown way out of proportion,” one NFL executive tells La Canfora. “I checked with our medical guys, again, and this stuff just is not true. It’s not something we would be worried about. Some agent or some team must be behind it. We’re not taking a linebacker there (in the first round), but if we were we wouldn’t have any problems taking him. We passed him without any real issues. This kid is a great player. His change of direction is awesome. This is getting totally blown out of proportion.”
According to one NFL executive who spoke with Jason La Canfora, Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith’s best case scenario could be for him to sit out 2016 and possibly be ready for the 2017 season.
“At this point you would really even still have to hope he is ready for the start of 2017,” the executive told La Canfora. “That’s not a given at this point. It’s pretty bad.”
La Canfora wonders if a team like the Seahawks or Packers would be willing to use a pick on Smith and allow him to redshirt this season in the hope of him being a impact player in 2017.
West Virginia S Karl Joseph is expected to miss part of the season, according to an executive who spoke to Jason La Canfora.
“He’s going to need to miss some time,” the executive told La Canfora. “It’s really on us (the NFL teams) and not him. There’s no patience in this league. We hear the kid would probably be ready by Week 4, which is not a lot of time in the scope of his career, but we all want a kid who can step in and be ready for camp and play Week 1.”
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones mentioned during an interview with 105.3 The Fan that they’re focused on improving their defensive front.
“At the end of the day, our defensive front is still a position that we keep our eye on in terms of always trying to get better there,” Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Ultimately we want to find a dominant type of pass rusher. Obviously that’s easier said than done.”
As of now, Jones says they haven’t received a lot of interest in their No. 4 overall pick, but he admitted that they’ll consider all of their options.
“Who knows if [No. 4] going to be in high demand, or somebody wants to try to ‘steal’ it from you for not what you should be getting for it,” Jones said. “We’ll be taking a long, hard look and decide if we want to stay where we are or move down. And we still haven’t ruled out that we would move up if we felt like we should.
“Right now, I would say all options are on the table.”