Tyler Owens broad jump: Texas Tech football DB records second-longest distance at NFL combine

Texas Tech football's Tyler Owens made history at the NFL combine on Friday.

The former Red Raiders defensive back, who started his career at Texas, registered a 12-foot, 2-inch broad jump on Friday, which, according to the NFL, is the second longest ever at the event.

In fact, Owens' mark was only an inch short of the combine record, which is also the world record. Former UConn standout and current Miami Dolphins defensive back Byron Jones set that mark in 2015.

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Owens made headlines on Thursday after he said he told reporters during his media session that he doesn't believe in space

"I don't believe in space," Owens said in a video posted on X. "I'm real religious, so I think we're alone right now. I don't think there's other planets and other stuff like that."

But it's clear he's able to make headlines with his incredible athletic prowess. On top of his 12-2 broad jump, he also turned in a 41-inch vertical leap. He unfortunately had a groin injury that kept him from running the 40-yard dash, however.

Owens finished his senior season with 37 total tackles and two pass deflections.

Tyler Owens broad jump

Texas Tech defensive back Tyler Owens came up just short of the longest broad jump ever at the NFL combine, with a mark of 12 feet and 2 inches. The jump was an inch short of Byron Jones' 12 feet and 3 inches in 2015, which is also the world record.

Here's a clip of the jump:

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Broad jump record at NFL combine

The NFL combine's broad jump record was set by Jones, who recorded 12 feet, 3-inch jump in 2015. Jones' mark is also the world record.

Here's the top 10 longest broad jumps in combine history:

  • 1. Byron Jones (2015): 12 feet, 3 inches

  • 2. Tyler Owens (2024): 12 feet, 2 inches

  • T-3. Emanuel Hall (2019): 11 feet, 9 inches

  • T-3. Juan Thornhill (2019): 11 feet, 9 inches

  • T-3. Obi Melifonwu (2017): 11 feet, 9 inches

  • 6. Miles Boykin (2019): 11 feet, 8 inches

  • T-7. Donovan Peoples-Jones (2020): 11 feet, 7 inches

  • T-7. Chris Conley (2015): 11 feet, 7 inches

  • T-7. Jamie Collins (2013): 11 feet, 7 inches

  • T-10. Julius Brents (2023): 11 feet, 6 inches

  • T-10. Jeremy Chinn (2020): 11 feet, 6 inches

  • T-10. Jalen Reagor (2020): 11 feet, 6 inches

  • T-10. Bud Dupree (2015): 11 feet, 6 inches

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Tyler Owens broad jump: Texas Tech DB has second-best mark at NFL combine