Byron Jones Continues to Showcase Athletic Ability

With the draft just a month away, UConn held its Pro Day at the Burton Family Football Complex Mark R. Shenkman Training Center, in which Jones, along with eight other seniors, showcased their talents in front of 29 NFL teams and two Canadian Football League teams.

Jones, who received national attention at the NFL Combine in February for his world-record setting 12-foot-3-inch broad jump and 44.5-inch vertical leap, had all eyes on his 40-yard dash time.

With everyone watching as he lined up to run, Jones felt no pressure. The senior from New Britain, Connecticut ran an unofficial 4.36 40-yard dash, yet another number that demonstrated his unique athleticism.

“This environment was a little bit laid back because you know I practiced in here for five years,” Jones said. “Either way I was ready to perform.”

Jones started the day by first pumping out 18 reps of the 225-pound bench press. The senior put off the bench press at the Combine in order to let his shoulder heal from surgery he had in October.

He ended his workout doing some technique work with Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer as everyone in attendance watched.

Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly was also in attendance and even talked with Jones for a few minutes between drills.

Jones played in just seven games during his senior season due to a torn labrum injury.  He finished the season with two interceptions.

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