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CB Cyrus Jones excels during NFL Combine climax


Defensive backs had all eyes on them Monday as the NFL Scouting Combine reach its final day in Indianapolis.

Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey and Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves, III were Nos. 1 and 2 respectively on analyst Mike Mayok’s (NFL Network) list for top coverage cornerback.

Alabama’s Cyrus Jones (5-foot-9, 197 pounds) was fifth on the list and the former Crimson Tide standout made his money at Lucas Oil Stadium. He clocked in at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash, tying him for 11-best among defensive backs.

Jones’ 40-time was a second faster than Hargreaves, who finished at 4.50 seconds.

Jones chimed in with a 33-inch vertical and a 116-inch broad jump. His footwork was efficient in the 3-cone drill, posting a time of 6.71 seconds (third-best among defensive backs).

He ended the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.21 seconds and put in 10 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Jones displayed strong hands, ball skills and footwork during all defensive back drills. NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks named him as one of his “winners” from the combine.

Sixteen teams could use a cornerbacks, but four of them—Dallas, Jacksonville, Miami and Oakland—have it labeled as a top need. Jones is projected to be taken in the fourth-round of the upcoming draft.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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