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Injured linebackers Jaylon Smith, Miles Jack go in 2nd round

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If the linebackers are not ready, well, the NFL is willing to wait.

In the first several picks of the second round, both the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars took talented players who had suffered injuries.

Dallas took Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith at No. 34, and Jacksonville took UCLA linebacker Myles Jack at No. 36. Knee injuries caused both to fall out of the top 10.

Smith is expected to miss the entirety of the 2016 season with a devastating knee injury that caused a bout with drop-foot, a nerve issue that affects his ability to fully maneuver his lower leg.

Jack went two picks later to the Jags, who are quickly assembling an impressive amount of talent on their defense. He slid in the draft because of medical reports on his surgically repaired right knee. Jack admitted this week he may one day need microfracture surgery.

If Jack is healthy enough to play through his rookie contract, the Jags may have just drafted the best two defensive players in the entire draft which includes No. 5 overall pick, cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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