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Injured Linebackers Drafted Early on Friday

In the weeks leading up to the 2016 draft, it was impossible to figure out where Jaylon Smith and Myles Jack, two gifted linebackers dealing with serious knee injuries, would fall. The answer came early on Day 2 of the draft, as Smith and Jack went 34th and 36th overall, respectively.

The Cowboys shocked the football world by taking Smith, projected by many to fall to the third round. His injury, which occurred during the Fiesta Bowl in January, has concerned a lot of teams because of the nerve damage he suffered. It's still unclear if he'll fully recover.

Jack, who was scooped up by the Jaguars, tore up his knee last September. Many writers projected Jacksonville to pick the 21-year-old No. 5 overall; some had him landing with the Falcons. But Jacksonville opted for prized defensive back Jalen Ramsey in the first, and Atlanta, set on improving its secondary, tabbed Keanu Neal.

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