If Jonathan Jones wanted to show NFL teams he possesses the athleticism to make up for his lack of size — he officially measured at 5-foot-9, 186 pounds — it was mission accomplished on the final day of the scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The former Auburn defensive back ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds.
It was the top time in his position group and third best overall time at this year’s combine. Jones was only two-tenths of a second off the top time run by Georgia running back Keith Marshall.
Jones’ time was the best by a player out of Auburn in the 10-plus years. Former Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb ran the same unofficial time as Jones at the combine of 4.28, but his official time came in a tenth slower at 4.34.
The defensive back came into the weekend as a projected late-round pick. His performance at the Senior Bowl and the strong combine could see him creep up into the middle rounds.
NFL analyst Chase Goodbread labeled Jones as a “clear riser” thanks to his overall combine performance.