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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
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


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