JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Myles Jack pretty much played everywhere at UCLA. He lined up at linebacker, running back and safety.
Against an All-American.
And shut him out.
UCLA coach Jim Mora asked Jack to cover USC receiver Nelson Agholor one-on-one when the teams played in 2014, and the 6-foot-1, 245-pound Jack shut down the 6-foot, 198-pound Agholor. The Bruins won 38-20 and Agholor had just three catches for 24 yards.
"That whole week I was watching film. I just did not want to end up on ESPN," Jack said. "So I had a good night against him. He caught three balls that night, but they were not on me. I was on his hip."
Jack said the Bruins played mostly zone defense in the first half but played almost exclusively man coverage in the second, so, according to the box score, Agholor actually did catch a pass against Jack. It was for five yards. USC quarterback Cody Kessler targeted Agholor two other times in the second half and both attempts were incomplete.
"Any time you can put a linebacker on a back or a slot receiver or a wide receiver, there aren’t a lot of people that have the capability of doing that," said Andy Dengler, the Jacksonville Jaguars' director of player personnel.
After taking Jack in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, the Jaguars aren’t going to ask him to cover T.Y. Hilton or DeAndre Hopkins, but they do plan on eventually taking advantage of Jack’s speed, athleticism and versatility. Right now, however, they’re going to line him up at one linebacker spot; they just haven’t figured out which one yet.
"My last name being Jack -- jack of all trades," Jack said. “I think they see me in a role where I can cover tight ends, definitely defend against the run and passing situations. They just see me doing so many different things, kind of like a Swiss Army knife."
The Jaguars are only going to use one blade for now, though. To avoid taxing the rookie, who's coming off a serious knee injury, defensive coordinator Todd Wash said the plan is to let Jack get comfortable in the defense at one position before moving him around.
"He’s a freak of an athlete," Wash said. "He’s a guy who can lock down a receiver. He has the ability to move inside and play some nickel. His athleticism is unmatched right now.
"With a rookie, you’d like to put him in one spot and leave him there so he can understand what we’re asking of him. He can work those skill sets and then as he gets that stuff mastered we can end up moving him to different positions."
The Jaguars also are going to monitor Jack’s surgically repaired right knee on a daily basis to make sure there are no problems. That will be a factor in how the team decides to use him on defense, too. As far as Jack is concerned, though, he’s fine.
"I’m 100 percent healthy," Jack said. "I’m cleared. The knee shouldn’t be a concern anymore. I definitely proved that with my play [at his workout], but there’s nothing else to talk about. I’m ready to play ball."