CHICAGO - University of Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones (New Britain, Conn.) was selected in the First Round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night by the Dallas Cowboys as the 27th overall pick.
Jones was in attendance at the NFL Draft in Chicago along with members of his family.
Jones set an NFL Combine record in the broad jump with a long leap of 12 feet, three inches in February. Not only was that a combine record, it also topped the official world record in that track event. The world record is held by Norwegian Arne Tvervaag, who jumped 3.71 meters (12 feet, two inches) on November 11, 1968.
Jones also impressed the NFL personnel at the Combine with a vertical jump of 44.5 inches.
Jones made 37 starts in 43 career games at UConn and started the first seven games of his senior season before having season-ending surgery. He had 223 career tackles with eight career interceptions.
UConn has had a total of 39 players drafted in school history, including 24 since the 2005 NFL Draft. The Huskies have had a player taken in every NFL Draft since 2005. A record-high five Huskies were taken in the 2013 NFL Draft while four were selected in 2009.