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Rotoworld's Evan Silva notes that "every single player [drafted by Dallas] can be described as an above-average athlete for their size."

He gave the Cowboys a "B-" draft grade. "I think Dallas stole [Byron] Jones and [Randy] Gregory at their draft slots, before reaching a bit on Green. Wilson and Russell have starting potential down the road." Dallas shocked the draft community by passing on running backs in all seven rounds. "As to the big question mark, which was not selecting a running back, my sense is the Cowboys know there are many backs who will run effectively behind their offensive line, and you can add one on the cheap pretty easily," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper, who graded the class "C+."
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 5:28 PM

Giants selected UConn WR Geremy Davis with the No. 186 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Davis (6'2/216) led UConn in receiving as a sophomore, junior, and senior, wrapping his career with 165 catches for 2,292 yards (13.9 YPR) and seven TDs. Per NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Davis caught 44-of-44 catchable targets in 2014. Davis is plus sized with strong hands, but showed poor foot speed and quicks on college tape. Davis made us second guess that evaluation when he clocked 4.47/4.49 at his Pro Day, after recording rock-solid vertical (36 1/2") and broad (10'4") jumps in Indy. Dubbed a "discount Kevin White" by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, Davis has intriguing measurables and can obviously catch the football.
May 2 - 4:22 PM

Cowboys selected UConn CB Byron Jones with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Jones joins Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick as one of the Cowboys' top three corners. The Mo Claiborne era is rattling to an end. Jones (6'1/199) made 37 starts for UConn, converting from safety to corner as a junior and piling up eight career INTs. Jones allowed zero TD passes as a senior before suffering a year-ending shoulder injury. Jones was fully recovered at the Combine, where he went berserk, posting an Olympic-record 12-foot-3 broad jump, 33 Wonderlic score, and otherworldly 44 1/2-inch vertical. He ran 4.40 at the UConn Pro Day. Jones has good arm length (32") and big hands (10"), and was an effective press corner with top-notch ball skills in college. He projects as an early-career starter with "No. 1" cornerback upside.
Apr 30 - 11:01 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora predicts UConn CB Byron Jones will go in Round 1.

"Too many teams think, at worst case, that he is an impact ranging free safety even if he isn't the cover corner (think Devin McCourty)," he wrote. We agree. Further, if Philadelphia keeps the No. 20 pick, we can't see Jones getting out of the top 20. Jones has visited the 49ers, Bills, Bears, Cowboys, Cardinals and Eagles.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25 - 2:25 PM

The Patriots put UConn DL B.J. McBryde through a private workout, according to Tony Pauline.

The Patriots are "looking at a lot of late round/PFA type defensive linemen," per Pauline. The Patriots can approach upgrading their defense in multiple ways: defensive tackles to create more disruption, adding another linebacker or trying to replace cornerback talent lost in free agency.
Apr 20 - 2:23 PM

UConn CB Byron Jones has visited six teams and is being evaluated as a press CB, not a FS, according to Adam Caplan.

Jones has some history at safety and was asked to play some off coverage, but we agree his traits best fit a press corner. The six teams include the 49ers, Bills, Bears, Cowboys, Cardinals and Eagles, per Caplan, who adds a visit with the Dolphins is also likely. We doubt Jones makes it past the Eagles in round one.
Apr 18 - 11:13 AM

UConn CB Byron Jones is "zipping up draft boards," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Jones is the bigger corner teams want and offers versatility as a number of coaches feel he could slide inside to safety," Pauline wrote. "To date he has seven official visits on his calendar." The 6-foot-1, 199-pound Jones runs a 40 in the 4.3s and set an unofficial world record in the broad jump at the combine. We'd be surprised at this point if he gets out of Round 1.
Apr 16 - 5:23 PM

UConn CB Byron Jones' shoulder injury has been cleared and he will not return to Indianapolis for a re-check, according to Tony Pauline.

The Cowboys hosted Jones for a visit, per Pauline. The shoulder injury news is fairly significant. It ended Jones' final season prematurely and kept him out of the Senior Bowl. Jones' tape impresses but his testing numbers impress even more. He has the chance to be the first corner off the board.
Apr 15 - 11:05 AM

UConn CB Byron Jones "has first-round talent but the long-term prognosis on his shoulder is a legitimate concern for some teams," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Jones has a history of shoulder issues, including missing the second half of 2014 with a separated left shoulder that required surgery. He has first-round talent but the long-term prognosis on his shoulder is a legitimate concern for some teams," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 199-pound Jones played in UConn’s first seven games of the season, posting 24 tackles and two interceptions in 2014. The Huskies prospect offers some versatility at cornerback and safety, and is a widely considered a top 40 pick in this years' draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 4:06 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that UConn CB Byron Jones would be a "better fit" at No.20 than Utah's Eric Rowe.

"Connecting the pro day dots, Chip Kelly has paid close attention to big, athletic defensive backs this spring. Eric Rowe is in the conversation, but Jones is the better fit and should surprise no one if he's drafted this high," The 6-foot-1, 199-pound Jones' combine performance flashed his explosiveness, but his unofficial 4.36 40-yard dash at his pro day, sweetened his stock a little more. Most importantly, the Uconn prospect gives the Eagles a versatile athlete, and a high character guy, that fits the kind of player Kelly is looking for.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 13 - 3:18 PM

UConn DL B.J. McBryde visited the Chiefs on Thursday, according to Tony Pauline.

McBryde's measurements, per Pauline: 6'5" and 292 lbs, 35" arm, 5.02 forty with a 1.75 10 yard split, 31.5" vert and a 10'3" broad jump. McBryde finally saw the field in 2014 and is very much a projection in the NFL.
Apr 10 - 11:03 AM

The Patriots privately worked out UConn WR Geremy Davis on Friday, according to Tony Pauline.

After skipping the forty during his Combine workout, Davis recorded a 4.47 at his pro day. His three cone time was very good for a 6'2"-plus receiver. We think Davis struggles to separate and will need to consistently win with body positioning and contested catches.
Apr 5 - 8:35 AM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer ran UConn CB Byron Jones' pro day workout.

A news item to file away in the recesses of your draftnik brain, as the Vikings are reportedly set to burn an early pick on a defensive back. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported recently that the Vikings are "concentrating on the FSU defensive backs," though that statement could be amended to say "concentrating on all elite defensive backs." Of the UConn workout, Pauline noted: "Zimmer ... even [coached] Jones at one point on specific techniques he employs with his cornerbacks." Perhaps Jones might soon be one of them himself.
Apr 2 - 11:43 PM

UConn CB Byron Jones ran 4.4- and 4.40-second 40-yard dashes at UConn's pro day, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler had him at 4.36 seconds. Either way, it was another impressive showing from the Huskies' riser. "Jones worked out well at the pro day, catching the ball really well," Brandt wrote. "He is really good in press coverage. Above all, Jones is described as an outstanding person; he had served as a team captain and was a leader on the field and in the locker room." Jones elected to stand on most of his other combine numbers, no surprise after the show he put on in Indy.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 8:53 PM

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
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