UConn Cornerback Byron Jones Just Set World Record in the Broad Jump at the NFL Combine (Videos)
Officially, nobody wins the NFL Scouting Combine because, officially, it’s not a competition.
But unofficially? It’s TOTALLY a competition, and this morning Byron Jones won it with an incredible display of power and raw athleticism.
First the guy turned in a vertical of 1.13m (44½”), which was the second-best jump of the 2015 combine. Then Jones did a broad jump of 3.73m (12’3″). Not only did that annihilate the all-time combine record by SEVEN INCHES. It also beat the all-time world record of 3.71m set by Arne Tverbaag in 1968.
Granted, the standing broad jump hasn’t been an Olympic event since 1912, so the very best track athletes in the world aren’t spending a lot of time on it. But that’s still ridiculous.
Here’s the vertical:
And here’s the broad jump:
The craziest part? Byron Jones has only done two events so far. For all we know he’ll run the 40 in 4.2 and do 50 reps in the bench press.
Of course, none of this comes as a shock to UConn coach Bob Diaco. Here’s what he had to say about Jones back in July:
“I think he will be one of the best players in the country. 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.”
Obviously Diaco knew what he was talking about.
Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]