NFL Draft Preview: Jack Cichy

Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Jack Cichy has a reputation as a playmaker on the field, but how will injuries impact his draft stock this week in the NFL Draft?

"Three-sack Jack" coped with being injured, including all of last year, by helping out his teammates from the sidelines during games and practice. It wasn't uncommon to have the cameras find him in the linebacker huddle on the sidelines.

On the field, Cichy proved his ability to make plays, and the question now is whether or not those past injuries will scare off teams in the NFL Draft process. Draft Analysis:

First the bad news: Cichy hasn't played since October 2016. His injury past is a red flag, there is no denying that part of his evaluation. However, aside from the injury bug, Cichy has an exciting skill set and projects as a NFL starter when healthy.|He moves really well laterally to mirror ballcarriers, using his flexible frame to work off of contact while keeping an eye on the ball to make a play. Cichy displays excellent read/react quickness to put himself in the right place at the right time. He seeks out contact and doesn't shy from the physical nature of the sport, which might also work against him at times due to his questionable durability. He has also developed impressive mental toughness in earning a scholarship at Wisconsin and overcoming injuries. PROJECTION: Fourth round

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