UConn’s Byron Jones has garnered the attention of the New England Patriots.
According to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider and Walter Football, the Huskies cornerback met with New England for breakfast Tuesday before his pro-day workout in Storrs, Conn.
Jones proceeded to bench 18 reps of 225 pounds, five months removed from labrum surgery. And he also clocked a 40-yard dash in the 4.3 range in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including Patriots cornerback coach Josh Boyer.
The 6-foot-1, 199-pound Jones previously attended the NFL Scouting Combine in February, where he turned in one of the most complete performances of any position.
Jones leaped for a 44.5-inch vertical and a record-setting 147-inch broad jump, which eclipsed Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins’ number in 2013 by eight inches. The corner also clocked a 6.78 three-cone, a 3.94 short-shuttle and a 10.98 60-yard shuttle there during his showcase in February.
A fifth-year senior in 2014, Jones started Connecticut’s first seven games of the year before undergoing season-ending surgery. With that, he finished collegiate career having started 39 games between corner and safety, recording 223 total tackles, eight interceptions and 18 pass deflections.
Jones is considered a potential first- or second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft next month.