UConn CB Byron Jones tops NFL combine, world broad-jump record

Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones is a good football player, but his Monday workout at the NFL scouting combine was historic.

Jones smashed the combine broad-jump record by leaping 12 feet, three inches and might actually have set a world record in the process, too. Take it for what it's worth, but Wikipedia has Jones as the highest recorded broad jump ever — 0.02 meters longer than a Norwegian track athlete named Arne Tvervaag, who jumped 3.71 metres in 1968.


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The 6-foot-1, 199-pound Jones also high-jumped 44.5 inches, which was half an inch off on the best mark at this year's combine. That's how you help yourself, even if former combine superstars such as Donald Washington come to mind.

Jones' mark is eight inches better than any broad jump at the combine since 2006, and it's believed to be 10 inchest better than any cornerback dating back to 1999, which had been held by Wisconsin's Scott Starks back in 2005. Starks was a third-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Does this suddenly vault Jones into the first two rounds of the draft? That's unclear, but folks we talked to think he already rated fairly high in what appears to be a middling but hardly great group at the cornerback position.

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