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Lunch Break, 4/1: Zimmer Visits UConn Pro Day

NFL Media Senior Analyst Gil Brandt reported* *that representatives from 28 NFL teams, including Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer and Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly attended the University of Connecticut's Pro Day Tuesday.

Brandt said nine players worked out for the contingency, including cornerback Byron Jones.

The 6-foot-and-one-half-inch, 199-pound Jones dazzled in timing and testing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in February when he set a world record in the standing long jump (broad jump) of 12 feet, 3 inches. Jones also had the best vertical by a corner (44.5 inches) and fastest time in the 60-yard shuttle (10.98 seconds) in Indianapolis.

Jones reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds and set what he said was a personal record in the bench press by doing 18 reps of 225 pounds.

Brandt wrote:

Jones worked out well at the pro day, catching the ball really well. He is really good in press coverage. Above all, Jones is described as an outstanding person; he had served as a team captain and was a leader on the field and in the locker room.

Viking Update's *John Holler also wrote about Jones' experience Tuesday, including his work in on-field drills with Zimmer, who is widely respected for his coaching of cornerbacks during his NFL career. Holler noted via The Hartford Courant *that Jones learned during the workout.

"(Zimmer) was trying to change my backpedal and be more relaxed in the upper body, instead of getting down too low, (I'd) stay up a little more," Jones said. "I'm a 6-foot-1 corner, so I use that to my advantage. It's stuff I have to work on and, if I'm going to be on this team, then I have no problem working that technique."

Holler thinks Jones is continuing to climb in the view of teams, writing:

Few prospects have as much positive momentum going their way as Jones does. Back in February, Jones opened eyes with as impressive a workout performance as any player at the NFL Scouting Combine. He had a Spiderman-like 44½-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 12 feet, 3 inches. The one thing he didn't do was run the 40 or lift weights (he was recovering from October shoulder surgery).

Wednesday's Pro Days: Ball State, Florida International, Miami and South Carolina

Around the Web: The Chicago Tribune visits former Viking Jared Allen at his home in Arizona

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