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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

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline sees a lack of speed as a concern for UConn redshirt senior WR Geremy Davis.

Davis collected 71 receptions, 1,085 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies last season. "While I like the pass catching skills of Geremy Davis his speed is a big concern," Pauline wrote. "Not just the stopwatch speed but also the playing speed witnessed on film. In the end I think Davis fits in as a fifth receiver at the next level." The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder won't singe a secondary, but he is a possession receiver with the size to wall off smaller defensive backs.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:50:00 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline stamped UConn redshirt senior CB Byron Jones as a fourth- or fifth rounder.

This is a player with upward mobility, the analyst added. "[Jones] could potentially make a Dwayne Gratz type move north with a big senior campaign," Pauline wrote. 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. Jones' instincts will have to improve, however.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:16:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes that UConn redshirt senior WR Geremy Davis "goes up strong and is a physical finisher in contested situations."

Davis collected 71 receptions, 1,085 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies last season. He was extremely consistent in a non-threatening aerial attack, accumulating at least 50 yards in 11-of-12 games, 75 yards in six contests and 100-plus in four more. The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder is a possession receiver with the size to wall off smaller defensive backs from the ball.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 08:05:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes UConn redshirt senior CB Byron Jones "has good size and length for the position and tackles like a safety with smooth pedal in reverse."

That's the good news. The bad news is that Jones' "read/react ability is only average with suspect transitional quickness and recovery speed," according to the scribe. Jones began his career at safety but transitioned successfully to corner last year, leading the Huskies with three interceptions.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 06:48:00 PM

While watching UConn tape, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that UConn red shirt senior WR Geremy Davis, has stood out and "goes up strong" at the catch point "every time."

"I've been watching UConn tape the past few hours, not expecting much. But Senior WR Geremy Davis keeps standing out. Goes up strong every time," Brugler tweeted. Davis had a solid season for UConn last season, with 71 receptions, 1,085 yards and three touchdowns. While UConn's passing game wasn't explosive, Davis shined with at least 50 yards in 11-of-12 games, and 75 yards in six games and 100 or more in four games. In December versus the Memphis Tigers, Davis broke the record for catches in a game with 15 catches for 207 yards and scored a touchdown. The 6-foot-3, 216 pound Davis is more of a possession type of receiver than a burner, but does have the ideal size for the next level.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 10:47:00 AM

UConn senior running back Lyle McCombs has left the program.

McCombs finishes his Huskies career with 2,681 yards and 11 career 100-yard rushing games; he led the school in rushing in all three of his years on campus. "Attending school at the University of Connecticut is a special privilege as is being a member of the UConn football team," said head coach Bob Diaco. "With that privilege also come certain responsibilities and expectations. We wish Lyle only the best in his future endeavors as he moves on from UConn." The 5-foot-8, 171-pound back could apply for the supplemental draft, or he could elect to transfer elsewhere and play in 2014 using the NCAA's graduate rule.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 04:08:00 PM


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