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Jones, Reyes shine at NFL combine

Former Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes put together impressive showings at the NFL combine in Indianapolis on Monday.

Jones in particular stood out to Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. This is what Muench said about him:

Chandler Jones showed above-average balance and flashed a strong punch during bag work. Jones also got adequate depth and did a decent job of coming up with the ball when asked to drop, but he didn't appear comfortable or look fluid in space. He is high-cut, and he had a tough time changing directions quickly.

Jones ranked in the Top 10 among defensive linemen in the vertical jump (35 inches) and broad jump (10 feet). Reyes also was in the Top 10 in the vertical jump (34.5), and tied for second in the bench press (36 reps). Brandon Lindsey of Pitt was in the Top 10 in the broad jump (9-9). Justin Francis of Rutgers made the Top 5 in the three-cone drill.

In the 40, Jones ran a 4.87; Lindsey ran a 4.93; and Reyes ran a 4.95. They were the only three linemen from the Big East to run a sub-5-second 40 time. One player who spent his entire career in the Big East -- Bruce Irvin of West Virginia -- was the story of the day after he ran a blazing 4.5 in the 40 and put up some of the top performances in the three-cone drill, short shuttle and broad jump.

And by the way, today also happens to be Jones' 22nd birthday.