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Byron Jones breaks NFL Combine and world record with epic broad jump

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Every year the NFL Scouting Combine produces a must-see moment and, by the end of Monday, the 2015 incarnation had kept the tradition alive.

Magic moment

This year's NFL hopeful to make a breakthrough into the main stream was University of Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones - breaking not only a Combine record, but what many believe to be a world record that has stood for 46 years.

Jones amazing feat of athletic ability came in the broad jump discipline - posting a staggering 12 ft 3 inch effort to leave his fellow athletes (and presumably NFL scouts) in awe.

The jump (which can be seen toward the bottom of this article) was the first ever by a Combine participant to measure over 12 feet and was achieved despite the facts that Jones is still not fully fit.

The cornerback prospect is still recovering from shoulder surgery that cut short his 2014 NCAA season back in October.

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Check out the leap for yourself. I'd be pretty happy with half that distance...

Jumping into the record books

The 12 ft 3 inch mark leaves Norweigan sports fans disgruntled too if the widely reported claim that the world record for the broad jump had previously been held by Arne Tvervaag since 1968. Jones is believe to have beaten Tvervaag's best by one inch.

As you can see from the video above Byron Jones has a talent for all aspects of jumping - not just the vertical.

His 44.5 inch vertical jump saw Jones fall just 0.5 of an inch short of matching the top mark recorded at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, leaving Georgia's Chris Conley still on top in that discipline at least.

Highly touted 

Byron Jones' injury recuperation meant he did not participate in the 40-yard dash, yet he still leaves the Combine with an enhanced reputation amongst NFL scouts and fans.

Even prior to his outstanding leaping displays the UConn alumni was highly touted by many draft analysts. 

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Media had him at number 50 overall, praising him for an excellent athletic build and an "aggressive run defender" - citing him as a potential steal of the 2015 Draft.

After today's performance that steal factor may have just slipped away.

What do you think NFL fans? Would you like to see Jones on your roster, and have you ever seen a leap like that from any pro player? Let us know in the comments section below...

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