2017 NFL DRAFT

Byron Jones, CB

School: Connecticut  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: New Britain, CT
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 199 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2031
Player News
05/04/2015 - Cowboys get their man in CB Jones...The Cowboys had their eyes on running back Melvin Gordon who went 15th to San Diego and they had Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory rated among their top 15 picks. Of course he had character concerns because of a failed drug test. But the team felt that Gordon was the biggest need and the safest pick because of his versatility and squeaky clean image. "We had him rated high on our board, in the top 15 picks," Jerry Jones said. "We were never tempted to move around for any other players. I can sleep if we come out of the draft without a running back or a pass rusher. We would have had trouble getting a nap without help in the secondary."

Jones is easily one of the top athletes in the draft, playing safety his first two years before moving to cornerback his final two years. His athleticism is off the charts in that he set a would-be world record in the broad jump at the NFL Combine with an effort of 12 foot, 3 inches, shattering the old record of 11-7. No one has ever had a mark over 12 feet. At 6-foot, 199 pounds, Jones had 24 tackles last season and two interceptions. He returned one of the interceptions for a touchdown. He had been labeled a "workout warrior" after his impressive showing at the NFL Combine. But he is more than that. He is football player and plans to prove as much. "You hear the term 'workout warrior,' but to me those people don't matter," Byron Jones said. "The people that matter are the GMs, the coaches and scouts that are looking at your film and actually evaluating you. So I'm very happy with the outcome. Very happy." - The Sports Xchange

05/04/2015 - A closer look at the Cowboys' eight picks: Round 1/27 -- Byron Smith, CB, 6-1, 199, Connecticut...An explosive athlete who can play safety and cornerback. His athleticism is off the charts in that he set a would-be world record in the broad jump at the NFL Combine with an effort of 12 foot, 3 inches, shattering the old record of 11-7. - The Sports Xchange

05/04/2015 - Cowboys get their man in CB Jones...The Dallas Cowboys played it safe in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. And they not only got the guy they couldn't live without, they got the guy they wanted all along in Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones with the 27th pick. Certainly, the Cowboys had pressing needs at running back because of the loss of DeMarco Murray and at pass rusher to help the ailing defense. But Jones was the guy they targeted from the start because of his ability to not only help the team at cornerback but also play free safety and become a playmaker on defense. The Cowboys just had to endure the long wait, hoping another team didn't nab him while resisting the urge to trade or possibly trade down for added picks.

"It was a hard wait for sure," owner Jerry Jones said. "But it worked out for us. We were fortunate when you put in the crosshairs of our team needs and what type of player he is. All our coaches were on the table for him." "You target guys," coach Jason Garrett. "Some guys come to you and sit there and wait. There are some guys you are hopeful come off way earlier. And then there are times you get a guy you really want and that works out for you. We want to have guys on defense who can impact the defense and make some plays. We feel Byron is that guy. He is absolutely a playmaker." - The Sports Xchange

05/04/2015 - Cowboys get their man in CB Jones...The Cowboys like his versatility and will play him at both positions, starting him out at cornerback and then hopefully moving him to safety, depending on the health of cornerback Morris Claiborne. Claiborne finished last season on injured reserve with a knee injury, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Brandon Carr has been asked to take a pay cut or be cut and Orlando Scandrick is staying away from the offseason program in a contract dispute. Jerry Jones expects all of them to be in a Cowboys uniform next season, allowing the rookie to roam the field as a ball-hawking free safety. "This is not a workout warrior," Garrett said. "This is a football player. He plays the right way. He has the physical traits to play safety. He can play both in this league. We do see him starting out at cornerback, but we can see him moving to safety." - The Sports Xchange

02/24/2015 - 2015 NFL Combine, 25 Takeaways: Five Players Sending Us Back to the Tape: Byron Jones, DB, Connecticut: With a Combine and world record 12-foot-3-inch standing broad jump, Jones quite literally leaped onto the NFL radar. Jones, who also showed great agility in shuttle drills, injured his left shoulder in October, ending his second season as a starting cornerback after starting at safety in 2011 and 2012. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2015 - UConn's Jones gets Combine jumping...University of Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones highlighted Monday's final workouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis with a standing broad jump of 12-feet-3 inches that is not only the best ever at a combine, but a world record. The previous world record for the broad jump was 12-2, set Nov. 11, 1968 by Norwegian Arne Tvervaag of the Ringerike FIK Sportclub. Jones' leap gave this year's combine three of the four longest jumps at the NFL's annual Indianapolis event this century, according to records kept by NFLDraftScout.com.

On Saturday, Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley went 11-7, which tied the previous combine record set in 2013 by Southern Mississippi linebacker Jamie Collins. Sunday Kentucky defensive end Alvin Dupree soared 11-6. Jones also soared 44 1/2 inches in the vertical jump, a mark that is seventh best since 2000 according to NFLDraftScout.com. That record is still held by former North Carolina safety Gerald Sensabaugh, who leapt 46 inches at the 2005 NFL Combine. Jones injured his left shoulder in October, ending his second season as a starting cornerback after starting at safety in 2011 and 2012. At the time of the injury Jones had 24 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups. He returned one interception 70 yards for a touchdown. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/23/2015 - 2015 NFL Combine Five Things to Know: 2. Connecticut DB Byron Jones sets NFL combine (and world) record: Although we haven't seen him on the field since October, Jones set a new combine record with a 12-feet-3 standing broad jump, an astounding number that also beats the former world record (12-2). To put that mark in perspective, Georgia WR Chris Conley matched the best broad jump number at the Combine since 2000 with an 11-7 jump on Saturday, a full eight inches short of Jones' new record. But it wasn't just the broad jump as Jones finished among the best performers at any position in the vertical jump (44 inches), 3-cone drill (6.78) and short shuttle (3.94).

Just three weeks out since he starting running, he didn't run the 40-yard dash or perform in the positional drills. Jones had left shoulder surgery in October, missing the final few months of his senior season and the Senior Bowl. Jones has the athleticism for cornerback, but looks and tackles like safety at 6-1 and 199 pounds. He was a senior captain at UConn with impeccable character that has coaches gushing about his intangibles. Factor in the athletic prowess and Jones has created a ton of positive buzz -- and he didn't have to run the 40-yard dash to do so. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2015 - Byron Jones might have made one giant leap up the NFL draft boards Monday. Actually, make it two big leaps. On the last day of workouts at the NFL's annual scouting combine, the Connecticut cornerback soared 12 feet, 3 inches in the broad jump. That was 15 inches farther than the second-best defensive back and 8 inches longer than the best listed in the NFL scouting combine database. Gil Brandt, a longtime Dallas Cowboys executive who still works with the combine, believes it a record. He couldn't remember anyone topping 12 feet. Nobody could stay with Jones in the vertical jump, either. He went 44.5 inches, going 3 inches higher than the next closest finisher. Everyone seemed surprised, except Jones.

"My personal (broad jump) record was 11-7. That's what I was doing at the training facility and I obviously broke that," he said by phone. "It feels good to put a PR (personal record) up." How much could Jones' performance help his stock? That will be determined leading to the draft, which begins April 30. He started combine week barely cracking some of the top 10 lists at his position. But on the last of four workout days in Indianapolis, Jones made a splashy exit - and jump - started a national buzz on social media. "I feel it may have boosted it up a little bit, but at the end of the day the film is what is most important," Jones said. "You've got to have good film, so I'm relying on that." - AP Sports

02/16/2015 - 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: DB Byron Jones, Connecticut...A good-sized cornerback prospect, Jones was lost for the season in October after a left shoulder injury required surgery. He didn't participate in the Senior Bowl, but hopes to be healthy enough to compete during NFL combine drills. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/25/2014 - Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones will undergo surgery on his left shoulder and miss the remainder of the season. Coach Bob Diaco says the Huskies senior captain has a history of shoulder problems and was injured against during the first half of Thursday night's 31-21 loss at No. 18 East Carolina. Diaco says Jones should be healed in time to prepare for the NFL draft in the spring, and should be "better than new." Jones likely will be replaced in the Huskies lineup by true freshman Jamar Summers or John Green, a converted wide receiver. Jones had 24 tackles and two interceptions for the Huskies (1-6) this season, including one he returned 70-yards for a touchdown against South Florida. He finished his career with 223 tackles and eight interceptions. - AP Sports

07/24/2014 - Other AAC prospects to watch in 2014: CB Byron Jones, Connecticut, RS Senior...After starting his career at safety to get on the field, Jones moved back to his more natural position at cornerback last season, leading the team with three interceptions. He has good size and length for the position and tackles like a safety with smooth pedal in reverse, but his read/react ability is only average with suspect transitional quickness and recovery speed. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 
 
Player News
05/04/2015 - Cowboys get their man in CB Jones...The Cowboys had their eyes on running back Melvin Gordon who went 15th to San Diego and they had Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory rated among their top 15 picks. Of course he had character concerns because of a failed drug test. But the team felt that Gordon was the biggest need and the safest pick because of his versatility and squeaky clean image. "We had him rated high on our board, in the top 15 picks," Jerry Jones said. "We were never tempted to move around for any other players. I can sleep if we come out of the draft without a running back or a pass rusher. We would have had trouble getting a nap without help in the secondary."

Jones is easily one of the top athletes in the draft, playing safety his first two years before moving to cornerback his final two years. His athleticism is off the charts in that he set a would-be world record in the broad jump at the NFL Combine with an effort of 12 foot, 3 inches, shattering the old record of 11-7. No one has ever had a mark over 12 feet. At 6-foot, 199 pounds, Jones had 24 tackles last season and two interceptions. He returned one of the interceptions for a touchdown. He had been labeled a "workout warrior" after his impressive showing at the NFL Combine. But he is more than that. He is football player and plans to prove as much. "You hear the term 'workout warrior,' but to me those people don't matter," Byron Jones said. "The people that matter are the GMs, the coaches and scouts that are looking at your film and actually evaluating you. So I'm very happy with the outcome. Very happy." - The Sports Xchange

 

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