Myles Jack – LB (Jacksonville Jaguars)
This offseason, it’s possible that the Vikings could part ways with former UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr. If that happens, replacing him with another former UCLA linebacker in Jack may be something Minnesota should look into.
A full-time starter for the last two seasons, the young linebacker has developed into a solid player for the Jaguars. In 2018, Jack ended the year with 107 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
In Jacksonville’s defense, he has primarily lined up as the team’s starting middle linebacker. That likely wouldn’t happen with the Vikings though since Eric Kendricks (and former UCLA teammate) currently has this role.
But if Minnesota were to acquire Jack, Mike Zimmer shouldn’t have a problem in finding the best way to utilize him in the team’s defense.
Jack is entering the final year of his rookie deal and his 2019 cap hit is just over $2 million. So affordability is not a problem for the Vikings if they’re interested in acquiring the linebacker.
Convincing Jacksonville to deal their starting middle linebacker may be a tough task for Minnesota. But if the Jaguars are willing to trade Jack this offseason, the Vikings should be among the teams interested in acquiring him.
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