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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes UConn CB Byron Jones "combination of size, smarts and natural athleticism," is what NFL teams are looking for.

"Although unpolished in areas, his combination of size, smarts and natural athleticism is what NFL teams seek at the cornerback position. Factor in his high character and impressive intangibles and Jones is an attractive prospect that many believe will land in the draft's first round," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 199-pound Jones increased his draft stock at his pro day, as he ran an unofficial 4.36 40-yard dash. Jones was unable to run his 40-yard dash in front of evaluators at Indy, as he was rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 31 - 2:58 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper proclaims that UConn CB Byron Jones is "one of the bigger sleepers in this draft."

"The UConn cornerback can broad jump a furlong and is fast and bouncy," Kiper wrote. "He also displays great acceleration when he needs to recover. It would be easy to see Jones' workout footage and peg him as an athlete, but he's actually better at anticipating than simply relying on changing direction without any wasted motion, because his change-of-direction movement is probably the one clear weakness he shows on tape. I think Jones could land at safety depending on the needs of the team that drafts him." Jones is ranked by Scouts Inc. as the class' No. 47 prospect. It no longer seems likely that he'll be available at No. 47.
Mar 31 - 2:29 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes that UConn CB Byron Jones' profile "just beg[s] for a spot in Pete Carroll's secondary."

"Super smart. Great instincts. Exceptional athlete," Kiper wrote. "Could fall a bit based on projection as some see him as a corner and some see him as a better fit at safety." The odds of Jones landing in Seattle were far, far higher before the organization traded its first round pick in a deal to get Jimmy Graham. "Low," Kiper wrote of the chances. "If Seattle still had the No. 32 overall pick, it could happen. But now that it doesn't pick until the end of Round 2, I have a hard time believing Jones would still be there."
Mar 31 - 2:11 AM

UConn CB Byron Jones "doesn't show great instincts in man coverage, and he gets caught guessing a little too much, but there's no denying his natural ability," wrote ESPN's Steve Muench.

The analyst believes Jones could be a Day 2 target of the 49ers if they don't take a corner in Round 1. "At 6-foot-1, 199 pounds, he has above-average fluidity and quick hips for a taller corner," Muench wrote. "While he didn't run at the NFL combine, he plays fast on tape and his speed isn't the only reason he's so rangy. He has long arms and rare leaping ability. Add in above-average ball skills and Jones' ceiling is awfully high." Scouts Inc. gives Jones a grade of 84. "The 47th-ranked player on our board, it will be interesting to see if a team falls in love with Jones' natural ability and takes a chance on him late in the first round," Muench wrote. "He would be an excellent value-need pick if he slides to San Francisco." Jones' stock surged after the combine, when his 12 foot, 3 inch broad jump would have broken the world record.
Mar 29 - 9:26 PM

UConn CB Byron Jones "a physical, savvy team leader who could play safety or cornerback," wrote NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"In November, after Jones' [left shoulder] surgery, NFLDraftScout.com rated Jones No. 106 overall, the 13th best cornerback and a third- or fourth-round prospect," Cooney wrote. "When he was unable to play in the Senior Bowl, Jones dropped into late-round, free-agent territory. Upon further review, [No. 55 overall is] where he seems to fit for now. Hey, nobody said this was an exact science." Jones' stock surged after the combine, when his 12 foot, 3 inch broad jump would have broken the world record (his 44.5-inch vertical jump was almost as insane). "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. You've got to have good film, so I'm relying on that," said Jones.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 26 - 11:30 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench believes UConn CB Byron Jones is the best athlete in the draft.

You'll recall that Jones' 12 foot, 3 inch broad jump would have broken the world record. His 44.5-inch vertical jump was almost as impressive. "He isn't just a track star," Muench wrote. "Jones is fluid, has good balance and flashes above-average recovery speed, which is why he has moved into the early-second-, late-first-round conversation. His stock could continue to rise if he runs as well as expected at his pro day in March."
Mar 7 - 6:55 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that if UConn CB Byron Jones runs in the 4.3 range at his pro day workout, "as it's been suggested he can ... he'll continue to move up draft boards."

Jones' 12 foot, 3 inch broad jump would have broken the world record, and his 44.5-inch vertical jump was almost as ridiculous. Because December labrum surgery significantly hindered his ability to train, Jones opted out of the 40-yard dash and will instead run at UCF's pro day March 31. "We didn't have him graded as a first-round talent based on his tape, but his athletic testing results indicate he possesses the kind of natural tools teams want in their cornerbacks," McShay wrote.
Mar 2 - 9:38 PM

UConn CB Byron Jones "might have pushed himself into the first round with his combine results," wrote NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"That gives you an idea of just how well he performed, setting a world record in the broad jump in the process," Davis wrote. "He didn't run the 40 because he's recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum, but given his numbers in other events, you have to believe he'll run a very good time at his pro day." Jones entered the combine as Daniel Jeremiah's No. 50 overall prospect. He will run the 40 at UCF's pro day March 31.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 8:14 PM

UConn CB Byron Jones didn't run the 40-yard dash on Monday because he didn't have enough time to train in his recovery from labrum surgery, reports NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.

In other words, Jones would-be world record 12 foot, 3 inch broad jump and ridiculous 44.5-inch vertical jump were probably not performed at full strength. Prior to Monday, nobody knew if Jones would even work out, as his December labrum surgery significantly hindered his ability to train (and the injury itself cost him half the 2014 season). Jones will run the 40 at UCF's pro day March 31, Rapoport reported.
Feb 23 - 8:10 PM

UConn CB Byron Jones' 12 foot, 3 inch broad jump would have broken the world record.

We all knew Jones broke Jamie Collins' and Chris Conley's combine records (11 feet, 7 inches), but he also snapped the world record of 3.71 meters (12 feet, 2 inches) which had stood since 1968. Jones wasn't even a guarantee to work out today, as December labrum journey rendered him a "game time decision." Only cleared mere weeks ago to begin training, Jones added a 44.5-inch vertical jump. His workout was ridiculous. "I think he will be one of the best players in the country," Huskies coach Bob Diaco said last summer. "Everyone will see it eventually when they put him in those compression shorts [at combines]. You will see a tall, long, lean and fast and explosive and athletic player. His numbers, with our developmental process, you are going to see at the end of the day one of the best tangibly gifted cornerback players in the country."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 23 - 2:53 PM

UConn CB Byron Jones broke the Combine record in the broad jump with a measurement of 12'3".

The former record was 11'7", held by Jamie Collins and Chris Conley. That is ridiculous. Jones wasn't even a sure thing to compete at the Combine due to a labrum injury, We have yet to see his movement skills, but press coverage teams will like the 6'1" 199 lbs corner just because of the measurables.
Feb 23 - 11:17 AM

UConn CB Byron Jones (labrum) is a "game time decision" for Sunday's combine workouts, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Jones underwent surgery to repair his torn labrum in December and was only cleared mere weeks ago to begin training. Because of the injury, he missed a good chunk of the 2014 season. Jones began his career at safety but transitioned successfully to corner in 2013, leading the Huskies with three interceptions. He has the size and tackling ability of a safety, and the smooth backpedal of a corner. It's unfortunate that he wasn't able to accrue more tape as a corner, but ESPN.com's Kevin Weidl wrote that Jones "is a press cornerback who needs some seasoning with technique."
Feb 22 - 3:55 PM

UConn CB Byron Jones "is a press cornerback who needs some seasoning with technique, and he comes with some minor durability concerns," wrote ESPN.com's Kevin Weidl

"However, he has an excellent combination of size, speed and raw athleticism, giving him a lot of upside to develop into a functional starter with a year or two of development," Weidl wrote. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline stamped Jones with a fourth- or fifth round grade. The corner ended up missing half the season with a torn labrum.
Feb 15 - 4:40 PM

UConn redshirt senior CB Byron Jones has a torn labrum and will miss the remainder of the season.

"Jones of UConn was ready to make an appearance on our Risers list come word the senior tore his labrum and will be out for the remainder of the season," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. "Considering the way UConn has played of late the timing its probably best it happened now. I’m told Jones had been struggling with a shoulder injury and was in fact wearing a harness when the labrum tore. I like Jones in the middle rounds and would not entirely exclude him from the third frame considering the way the cornerback class is shaping up." Jones began his career at safety but transitioned successfully to corner last year, leading the Huskies with three interceptions. He has the size and tackling ability of a safety, and the smooth backpedal of a corner. It's unfortunate that he wasn't able to accrue more tape as a corner.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 07:31:00 PM

UConn redshirt sophomore QB Casey Cochran has retired from football after sustaining multiple concussions during his career.

Head coach Bob Diaco stated Cochran has an interest in coaching and will transition from being a player to a mentor while still helping the team. Cochran played in the season opener and also started the final four games of 2013.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 09:26:00 AM


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