Jones’ 40, vertical on par with combine’s best

Eastern Washington’s Taiwan Jones ran 40-yard dash times in the 4.3- to 4.35-second range and had vertical jumps of 39.5 and 40 inches, according to a source who attended the running back’s pro day Thursday.

Twenty-seven NFL teams were at the private workout in Northern California to watch Jones, who has generated a lot of intrigue leading up to the April 28-30 draft. The workout was important for Jones, who couldn’t participate in any postseason bowl games or the NFL Scouting Combine because of a broken foot sustained during the season. Jones was in a walking boot until March 15.

Jones’ 40 time would have put him among the top three running backs at the combine, where Maryland’s Da’Rel Scott led with a 4.34. Jones’ best vertical jump would have tied Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams for second-best among all running backs, behind Georgia Tech’s Anthony Allen‘s 41.5-inch vertical.

Jones will visit the Dolphins early next week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. He also has a visit planned with the 49ers. Jones already has met with the Eagles, Browns and Bengals.

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