It is perhaps unfortunate that Olympic records don’t apply to participants at the NFL Combine. UConn cornerback Byron Jones unofficially topped the world record for the broad jump by a full inch.
The world record for the broad jump is 12 feet and 2 inches. It was set by Norwegian Arne Tvervaag in 1968. But Jones broke that record by a full inch.
On Monday morning Jones performed a broad jump measuring in at 12 feet, 3 inches.
Jones also broke the previous vertical-leap record at the combine by besting Memphis’ D.J. Stephens 2013 jump of 40.5 inches with an astounding new jump of 44.4 inches. Unfortunately for Jones, Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley jumped a full 45 inches at this year’s combine.
Jones wasn’t the only one to perform some amazing physical feats at this year’s combine.
Kentucky linebacker Bud Dupree, who is listed at 6’4″ and 269 pounds, ran a 4.57 40-yard dash and posted a 42-inch vertical. University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota nearly beat RGIII’s 2012 time of 4.41 time in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.52. Kevin White of West Virginia ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. At 6-foot-3 that is quite a feat.
Michigan State’s Trae Waynes blazed a 4.32 40 but receiver J.J. Nelson of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, a now-defunct football program, bested him at 4.28. Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers pushed 225 pounds for 37 repetitions to beat all other entries.
Other notable performances were seen from Oklahoma’s Dorial Green and Alabama’s Amari Cooper.
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