Monday, February 23, 2015

UConn's Byron Jones putting on a show at NFL Combine

A shoulder injury might have brought a premature end to Byron Jones' senior season but it took only a few minutes at the NFL Combine today in Indianapolis for him to show he is explosive as ever when it comes to jumping.

Jones had a broad jump of 12-3 which shattered the NFL Combine record set current New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins when he was at Southern Mississippi.

The reaction of the fellow defensive backs when Jones' broad jump was shown on NFL Network was priceless.

Jones followed that up with a 44.5 inch vertical, the second best at the combine this year trailing only receiver Chris Conley from Georgia's 45-inch mark. Conley also had a broad jump of 11-7.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network said "this is sick, I could watch this all day."

Later in the day Jones recorded the fastest 60-yard shuttle at the combine . His time of 10.98 seconds as he was the only player to break 11 seconds in the drill. His time of 3.94 in the 20-yard shuttle was third among defensive backs while he had a time of 6.78 in the 3-cone drill which was the fifth best among DBs.

With Jones coming off the shoulder surgery, he opted not to run the 40. He will do the 40 at UConn's pro day on March 31. Geremy Davis (who tied for the lead among receivers in the bench press) also held off on doing the 40 at the combine and will run it at the pro day. It's just a hunch that every NFL team will be represented at that pro day.

Obviously Jones will be flying up the draft boards although his performance is hardly a surprise. Even playing on a team with guys currently in the NFL earlier in his career, Jones was always the most athletic player on the team. Credit to the NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah for having Jones listed among his top 50 players before the combine.

He began his career at safety for UConn. After the graduation of Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Jones was moved to cornerback. He had 24 tackles and two interceptions before injuring his shoulder on a tackle attempt in the seventh game of the season.  He finished with 223 tackles and eight interceptions in 43 games at UConn.



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