It may be a useless drill as far as practical purposes go, but Byron Jones displayed incredible athleticism in the broad jump.
University of Connecticut DB Byron Jones set a new NFL Scouting Combine record with a 12’3″ broad jump on Monday.
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According to NFL.com, Jones’ mark in the combine broad jump drill shattered the 11’7″ record previously held by LB Jamie Collins since 2013 and tied by Georgia WR Chris Conley on Saturday.
Jones added to the already-eye-popping performance by posting a 44.5″ vertical jump – giving him the highest marks of any DB prospect at the combine, and only half-an-inch shorter than the combine’s best mark.
Very few people had put much stock into Jones, who was expected to be a very late round selection in the draft with a limited chance at becoming a legitimate NFL starter.
But the 6’1″ UConn DB has displayed some absolutely incredible athleticism at this year’s combine, and many NFL teams might be willing to draft the athlete high and try to develop him into a legitimate NFL CB.
In four seasons with the UConn Huskies, Jones played in 43 games, recording 222 tackles, 21 passes defended and eight INTs.