When Chiefs general manager John Dorsey was asked if anything surprised him about the NFL draft’s first round Thursday, he said there was one player he didn’t think would drop to the second round.
“Yeah — Myles Jack is still on the board,” Dorsey said, “and he is a good football player. I am sure he will go early tomorrow.
“There are more things lingering than people realize … it is not for his play on the field because he is a wonderful player on the field. Let’s make no mistake.”
Jack was widely projected to be a top-10 pick, but teams may have been concerned about his potentially degenerative knee condition. He said as much to the New York Post on Wednesday, adding that “it’s nothing extreme,” though he might need to have microfracture surgery — a procedure Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce had as a rookie and bounced back from to become a Pro Bowl player.
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Jack, an early entrant, tore the meniscus in his knee last fall and only played in three games. A three-year starter, Jack was a standout running back and linebacker at UCLA who boasted unusual cover skills for a linebacker. In 2014, his last healthy season, he recorded 87 tackles (eight for loss), one interception and seven pass deflections.
For his career, Jack, a 6-foot-1, 245-pounder, also rushed 68 times for 387 yards — a superb 5.7 yards-per-carry and 11 touchdowns.
Dorsey was asked why, if he liked the player so much, the Chiefs didn’t take Jack instead of trading down.
“Well, as we sat there — I am not going to talk about players’ medicals — but I will say, again, by moving down I think we strategically did the best possibly that we could do moving forward,” Dorsey said. “Sometimes players are limited by certain things that preclude you to making that move.”
Dorsey was then asked if he projects Jack to be there with the Chiefs’ pick in the second round (sixth in the round, No. 37 overall).
“I do not know that, but what I want to do (Friday) is sit back and get with the personnel guys and talk through some things,” Dorsey said. “I want to sit down with the medical staff and thoroughly go through all the different processes and I’ll be able to assess it a lot better.”
The second round of the draft will start at 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN and NFL Network. The Chiefs hold the No. 37 and No. 59 overall picks. The draft concludes Saturday with rounds four through seven.
Chiefs’ remaining NFL draft picks
Second round, No. 37 overall
Second round, No. 59 overall
Fourth round, No. 105 overall
Fourth round, No. 126 overall
Fifth round, No. 162 overall
Fifth round, No. 165 overall
Sixth round, No. 178 overall
Sixth round, No. 203 overall