Cornerback Byron Jones out of the University of Connecticut would love nothing more than to put last season’s shoulder injury behind him and spend the summer competing for an NFL roster spot.
However, it’s not easy to impress scouts when you miss most of your final NCAA season. That is, of course, unless you score vertical and broad jump results similar to those of a character from Marvel comics.
Jones’ broad jump of 12 feet 3 inches was by far the best mark at the combine:
And his vertical leap of 44.5 inches was just one half inch short of being the top performance in the last decade.
To put 44.5 inches in real world perspective, Byron Jones could jump over the average sized five-year-old kid without even taking a running start:
Unfortunately jumping high and jumping far don’t always translate into success in the NFL – plenty of stud athletes have fizzled when it came to on field performance.
But for a player who was ranked 24th at his position coming into the combine, Jones has taken one giant leap (pun intended) towards having his name called come draft day.