The San Francisco 49ers have a chance to get a potential game-changer at linebacker next month in the form of UCLA prospect Myles Jack. There are no sure things in the draft, but he has shown a dynamic athleticism that could allow him to play a multitude of positions, and do all kinds of great things. It's easy to get excited about his potential.
The 49ers might have some thoughts on the matter as they were plenty busy at UCLA's Pro Day. Trent Baalke was on hand for the event, and according to Jack's agent, 49ers OLB coach Jason Tarver ran some of the linebacker drills on Tuesday.
It is entirely possible Jack is gone before the 49ers get on the board at No. 7. Jack ran through most drills on Tuesday, and is saving his 40 for his personal Pro Day on April 1. Although he is still wrapping up his recovery from surgery on a torn meniscus in the fall, his stock is steadily rising in the media. All reports from the Pro Day were positive. He seems a lock to go in the top ten, and very well could be a top five pick.
The 49ers have plenty of needs on defense, and one reason Jack makes a lot of sense is that he has the ability to play all over the defense. Teams have talked to him about roles as a linebacker, pass rusher, and safety. Teams would not need to feel committed to slot him into one specific role, and that only adds to his value. I can get behind a lot of picks, but Jack is high on my list right now.