INDIANAPOLIS – Myles Jack was still a standout at Bellevue High School when he walked into an eastside Jack in the Box late one night for some 99-cent tacos.
That trip for a late-night snack turned into a brush with NFL greatness, as Jack met Kam Chancellor and got a picture with the Seahawks strong safety.
"It's funny, I met him at a Jack in the Box—he probably doesn't remember it—but it was like 10 at night on a Friday," Jack said. "We took a picture with him. He probably doesn't remember.
Years later, the versatile linebacker from UCLA could see himself stepping into a Chancellor-like role in the NFL.
Jack, who played linebacker and a bit of running back for the Bruins, moves well enough that NFL teams have talked to him at this week's scouting combine about the possibility of playing safety in addition to linebacker. And for Jack, a likely first-round pick in this year's draft, just finding a way to make an impact is more important that where he does it on the field.
"I've heard safety, Mike, Sam, Will, inside 'backer," Jack said. "Some teams joked about running back. I don't think they were serious about that, but I've heard it all pretty much in the back seven.
"I see myself as a football player. I want the teams to decide for themselves. I feel like I can play any position. Me personally, I like being off the ball as a Mike, Will, Sam. I think I could play strong safety as kind of a Kam Chancellor-type of role. I feel like I could get the job done there."
Before Jack gets a chance to show NFL teams what he can do, however, he has to get cleared medically. Jack missed most of his junior season with a knee injury, and will not go through drills at the combine, instead waiting to work out at UCLA's pro day in March. Jack said he feels good and is just waiting for final clearance, but as expected, he was put through some thorough medical exams by teams this week.
And even though he missed most of last season and could have returned for another year, Jack still feels good about his decision to declare for the draft early.
"It was definitely difficult," Jack said. "Being injured at that point, we were 3-0 in the season. Our goal was to win a Pac-12 title, win the South, and contend for a national title. I had to make a decision pretty soon, considering it was a 4-6 month injury. At the end of the day, I just kind of decided being behind in school, being behind physically and everything. I felt like the best decision for me was to pull out of school and concentrate on getting better."
Seahawks coaches, scouts and front office staff are out in Indianapolis to watch draft-class talent preform at Lucas Oil Stadium for the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.