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
2014 Season
Started the first seven games of the season at cornerback before a season-ending injury...finished with 24 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups...returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown at USF (Sept. 19)...notched his second pick of the season at No. 18 East Carolina (Oct. 23)...opened the season with back-to-back five-tackle games vs. BYU (Aug. 29) and Stony Brook (Sept. 6)...notched a season-high seven tackles at Tulane (Oct. 11).
2013 Season
Played and started in all 12 games at cornerback after converting from safety...finished fourth on the squad with 60 tackles along with a team-high three interceptions...had seven tackles vs. Towson (Aug. 29)...picked up five tackles and an interception vs. No. 14 Michigan (Sept. 21)...recorded three tackles and a pick vs. USF (Oct. 12)...notched five tackles and an interception at No. 21 UCF (Oct. 26)...had 11 tackles at SMU (Nov. 16)...posted eight tackles and one for loss at Temple (Nov. 23)...named to the 2013 American Athletic Conference All-Academic team.
2012 Season
Started all 12 games at safety and started eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2011 for 20 career starts...Was the third-leading tackler on the 2012 team with 88 stops and also had 1.5 tackles for a loss...Had one interception...Made a career-high 13 tackles vs. Temple (Oct. 13) and also had ten tackles vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 22)...Had nine tackles in two different games.
2011 Season
Saw his first collegiate action in 2011 and earned a varsity letter ... Started eight games and six of the final seven ... Was sixth on the team in tackles with 51 ... Had a career-high eight tackles in season-final vs. Cincinnati (Dec. 3) ... Had a fumble recovery for a touchdown vs. USF (Oct. 15) and added six tackles and four pass breakups vs. the Bulls ... The 10-yard fumbled recovery for a TD in the third quarter proved to be the deciding score in a 16-10 Husky win ... Was named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against USF ... Had six tackles against both West Virginia (Oct. 8) and Rutgers (Nov. 26).
2010 Season
Redshirted ... Named the Special Teams Scout Player of the Week before the Syracuse game (Nov. 20).
High School
Named to the Class MM All-State team by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association ... Named First Team All-Naugatuck Valley ... Had three interceptions in 2009 and returned punts and kickoffs ... Team advanced to first round of Class MM state playoffs ... Had three catches for 63 yards in state playoff game ... Also played basketball ... Team captain ... Attended same high school as former Husky Derek Chard.
Personal
Byron Philip Jones ... Born on September 26, 1992 ... An economics major.
 
 
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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