FORT WORTH, Texas — QB Andy Dalton was the star of the show Friday at Texas Christian University’s pro day, but another player who was a hot topic of conversation after the workout in front of representatives from 26 teams was defensive back Colin Jones.
Jones, who was second-team All-Mountain West last season, was very good in everything he did Friday, impressing with 4.34 and 4.38 times in the 40-yard dash, a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-4 inch broad jump.
I would describe Jones, who didn’t play much before his senior season only starting five games in 2009, as a late bloomer. He reminds me some of Cliff Harris, who went to six Pro Bowls after we signed him with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 1970.
Jones really came out of the blue with his performance. He’s a very good special teams player, and after today, I could see him getting drafted, probably in the late rounds.
Here are the rest of the workout numbers:
OL Marcus Cannon (6-foot-5 ¼, 349 pounds) – Relied on all of his numbers from the combine, adding only a 8-foot, 11-inch broad jump.
DE Wayne Daniels (6-0 7/8, 255) – He ran the 40 in 5.03 and 4.96, had a vertical jump of 29, a broad jump of 9-3, ran a 4.58 in the short shuttle and 7.23 three-cone drill. Daniels ran through position drills with Falcons offensive line coach Paul Boudreau. He was at the combine.
Jones (5-11 ½, 201) — He ran 4.34 and 4.38 in the 40, with a vertical of 37, a 10-4 broad jump, a 4.09 short shuttle and a 6.69 in the three-cone drill. Jones did 20 bench bench reps of 225 pounds. He was not at the combine.
WR Jeremy Kerley (5-9 3/4, 185) – He ran 4.59 in his only 40 attempt, and had a 37 vertical and 10-2 broad jump, with a 4.01 in the short shuttle and 6.70 in the three-cone. He was at the combine.
OL Jake Kirkpatrick (6-1 7/8, 300) — He ran 5.32 and 5.33 in the 40, with a 30 1/2 vertical and 8-6 in the broad jump, and ran a 4.69 short shuttle and 7.69 three-cone. He did 25 reps in the bench press. He was not at the combine.
WR Jimmy Young (6-0 ½, 205) — He ran 4.58 in his only 40, had a 39 vertical, 9-7 broad jump, and kept his three-cone and short shuttle times from the combine.