Bears meet with UCLA do-everything star Myles Jack

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UCLA do-everything Myles Jack. (AP)

UCLA linebacker/safety Myles Jack is widely considered one of the best players in this year’s draft, and he met with the Bears on Thursday, a league source confirmed.

It seems unlikely that Jack falls to the Bears at No. 11, but as with quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston last year, general manager Ryan Pace and his staff are doing their due diligence. Pre-draft visits are part of the evaluation process.

At 6-1 and 245 pounds, Jack did a bit of everything at UCLA, which included playing time at running back. Jack is projected to be best at linebacker, though some teams might look at him at safety. His athleticism and versatility are major strengths.

Jack’s junior season was limited to three games because of a knee injury, but his draft status remains high. He didn’t perform any drills at the NFL scouting combine. Jack also won’t have an individual pro day for NFL  teams to look at him.  He will be in Indianapolis in mid-April for the combine’s medical recheck.

From NFL.com: “Upper echelon explosiveness with the desire, speed and aggression to find his way into play after play. While UCLA asked Jack to do a little bit of everything, an NFL team is more likely to simplify his tasks and set him into attack mode to maximize his outstanding physical traits. If he bounces back from the knee injury, Jack could become a high-­end talent early on in his career.”

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