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NFL Combine workouts: Jonathan Jones a ‘clear riser’ with top 40-yard dash on combine’s final day

Auburn defensive back Jonathan Jones runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.
Auburn defensive back Jonathan Jones runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. AP Photo

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.

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