Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pretty good day at office for former UConn stars

With Byron Jones, who stole the show at the NFL combine, set to run his 40-yard dash, UConn's pro day figured to be well attended. That was certainly the case as 29 NFL teams and two from the CFL were here today.

Jones certainly did his part, running an unofficial time of 4.36 seconds. Despite having his senior season ended prematurely due to a torn labrum, Jones decided to do the bench press. He was figuring 14-16 reps at 225 would be a good number. He ended up doing 18.

Jones' day ended with Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer doing some 1 on 1 drills focusing on his technique. Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly was also in attendance as was former UConn fullback Anthony Sherman of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Geremy Davis also had a strong effort at the combine and the only question was whether he could run fast enough to move up the boards. Well, he certainly did that. There was those who thought a 40 time in the mid 4.5s would be enough to send him up the draft boards. He broke 4.5 in both of his runs which certainly should make him some money.

Angelo Pruitt led the way in the bench press at 26, with Jones standing on his sensational broad and vertical jump numbers from the combine, Reuben Frank led the way in the vertical (33 1/2 inches) with both Deshon Foxx and B.J. McBryde having broad jumps of 10-3. McBryde's effort was especially impressive since he is pushing 300 pounds and he did not break the 10-0 mark in practice jumps leading into the combine.

There will be much more from today either later today or in the coming days but it might take a little while because I didn't get home from covering the women's Division I regional in Albany until about 3 a.m. and was up at 7 so I'm a little bit tired.

Here are the videos I shot (except the one with reaction from Jones because of a malfunction with the Tout app on my phone).


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