Dallas Cowboys select UConn’s Byron Jones with 27th pick in NFL Draft

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(WTNH)–It was a big leap for UConn’s Byron Jones.

The New Britain native and UConn cornerback wasn’t thought of as a highly-rated prospect heading into the NFL Draft Combine in March. That is, until he set a new world record in the broad jump, leaping 12 feet, 3 inches, which was eight inches further than any other prospect had ever jumped.

Now, just a few weeks later and after a season cut short following shoulder surgery, Jones is a first-round draft pick. The Dallas Cowboys selected UConn’s Byron Jones with the 27th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

Jones becomes just the second UConn player in history to be taken in the first round. The first was running back Donald Brown, who was taken by the Indianapolis Colts, also with the 27th pick, back in 2009.

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