Photo of Jalen Myrick
Drafted By: Jaguars
  • Round 7
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 222

Combine Results

Grade
5.15 ?
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.06 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.22 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The Jags add a speed demon who helped his draft stock by verifying his play speed with his timed speed at the combine. He's a classic 7th round flier selected for his explosive traits but needs to improve football awareness & playmaking ability to graduate from special teams duties. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'10" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 200LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands

Overview

The last two seasons, Myrick has not gained enough votes among league coaches or media members to achieve more than honorable mention status. However, scouts know that his game is a good fit for the NFL. The former Georgia state runner-up in the 100 meters came up big for the Gophers as a senior, making 41 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and leading the squad with 12 passes defensed (one interception, 11 pass breakups). He had a bit of a scare in his junior year, suffering a collapsed lung while being tackled on a kick return (1,052 career yards, one score as a returner). Myrick wound up playing in 10 games and starting seven that year (27 tackles, seven TFL, two PBU). He contributed mostly on special teams in his first season in Minnesota (four tackles) before getting significant playing time as a reserve corner the following year (21 tackles, one for loss, seven pass breakups) -- Myrick even returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown that season.

Analysis

Strengths

Allowed a completion rate of just 39 percent over the last two seasons. Compact frame with quick hands. Able to mirror and punch out of press coverage to slow receivers from press release. Can run. Has the ability to carry long speed down the field or close out against receivers who get an early jump on him. Plays with good foot quickness for sudden stops from bump-and-run. Plays with plus balance in his coverage. Shows no hesitation when it is time to come up in run support. Has returned kicks for three seasons.

Weaknesses

Unable to maintain cushion from off-coverage due to tight backpedal. Needs to get better at balancing eyes between receiver and quarterback. Lacks pattern recognition and anticipation. Displays some stutter in his transition to close. Will opt to play the receiver at times rather than attacking the path to the ball. Below average hands gave away sure-fire interceptions this season. Ball skills down the field are below average. Allows receivers to generate too much separation through hand fighting and he can be late to turn and find the ball.

Draft Projection

Round 5

Bottom Line

He's undersized to play outside and will likely move inside to the slot. Myrick has enough foot quickness and athleticism to handle himself as a slot corner, but he's very average as a tackler and his ball skills and pattern recognition aren't where they need to be. He has enough ability to stick around as a backup for a little bit, but he will need to improve his anticipation to make a mark in the league.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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