NFL Draft 2016: UCLA linebacker Myles Jack first Pac-12 player selected in Day 2
UCLA linebacker and running back Myles Jack waited out the first round, but he didn't need to sweat out Day 2 of the NFL Draft for long.
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected the Bruins star 36th overall (fifth pick, second round) after a relatively significant slide likely caused by concerns over Jack's knee injury that ended his junior season.
The revered Dr. James Andrew put out a positive diagnosis of Jack's knee injury before the second round of the draft began.
— Randy Scott (@RandyScottESPN) April 29, 2016
Jack was the second Bruin to be picked after defensive tackle Kenny Clark went 27th overall Thursday.
And while many teams remained hesitant to select Jack, it seems the Jaguars were surprised he remained on the board long enough for them to maneuver up the draft via a reasonable trade with the Ravens to land him.
Jaguars GM David Caldwell said Myles Jack was a trade-down possibility in Round 1. If they had gone to the teens ...
— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) April 29, 2016
After acting as a rock for USC the last two seasons, linebacker Su'a Cravens finds himself trekking across the country as his pro career begins with the Washington Redskins.
Cravens went 53rd overall, the 22nd pick of the second round, on Friday and could fill a role as a hybrid safety-linebacker with Washington, just as he did during his last two years as a Trojan.
With USC, Cravens recorded 86 tackles, 15 for loss, and 5.5 sacks during his junior season. He also proved plenty capable in pass coverage with two picks and two pass deflections as a junior.
If anything, he's got quite the NFL pedigree.
Su'a Cravens--quite a family tree: He's cousins of Jordan Cameron; David Fulcher, Manti Te'o; & by marriage to Kyle Whittingham.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 30, 2016
USC center Max Tuerk went 66th overall to the San Diego Chargers and could fight for a starting job as the man snapping to veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.
A fluid and athletic player for a center, Tuerk is on the comeback from an ACL tear suffered in October.
Tuerk says it's a dream come true. He's a So Cal boy and hoped it would be the Chargers calling. Has attended a few Chargers games
— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) April 30, 2016
The Philadelphia Eagles grabbed Oregon State offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo with their third-round pick (79th overall).
Whether the Eagles' quarterback will be veteran Sam Bradford or second overall 2016 pick Carson Wentz, it's clear the team is in need of offensive linemen after struggling to protect Bradford last season. Seumalo started 37 games over the course of his Beavers career -- 23 at center, nine at right guard, three at left tackle, and two at right tackle.
Isaac Seumalo has the 2nd-best pass blocking efficiency (99.2) among OGs in this NFL draft class.
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 30, 2016
With the 81st overall pick, the Atlanta Falcons grabbed a big target for quarterback Matt Ryan.
Tight end Austin Hooper caught 34 balls for 438 yards to go with six touchdowns in 2015 and continues Stanford's tradition of developing tight ends.
He joins Jim Dray, Zach Ertz, Coby Fleener, and new teammate Levine Toilolo as Cardinal tight ends that played in the NFL last year.
Austin Hooper on the phone. Said he's ready to learn from fellow Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo and contribute right away
— Andrew Hirsh (@andrewhirsh) April 30, 2016
One of the teams that most often searches for signal-callers ended up taking one from the most prolific quarterback factory in college football.
USC's Cody Kessler went in the third round, 93rd overall, and to a Cleveland team that has drafted seven quarterbacks in the first three rounds since 1999.
Kessler threw 68 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions in the last two seasons.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 30, 2016