With the 27th overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys chose to enhance their secondary with the selection of Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones. A four-year starter in college at both cornerback and safety, Jones began his pro career in Dallas at cornerback but finished his rookie season as a starter at safety. He finished his rookie season with 11 starts in 16 games played and was fifth on the defense with 76 tackles while leading the unit with 12 breakups to become the only Cowboys rookie to record 75-plus tackles and lead the team in breakups. He started all 16 games in 2016 and finished fourth on the defense with 102 tackles with 10 breakups, three tackles for losses and an interception. His rare blend of size, speed and athletic ability were on display at the NFL Combine where he recorded a broad jump of 12’3 - considered a world record - and a vertical leap of 44.5 inches.
- Started all 16 games at safety and finished fourth on the team with 102 tackles, three for losses, 10 breakups, a forced fumble and his first career interception.
- Posted seven tackles and broke up one pass in the season opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/11).
- Had five tackles, a breakup and his first career forced fumble in the win against Chicago (9/25).
- Logged his 100th career tackle, finishing with six and a breakup in the win over Cincinnati (10/9), then had a season-high nine tackles - eight solo - with a special teams stop in the overtime win against Philadelphia (10/30).
- Led the team with a career-best 12 tackles, including a career-high 10 solos, in the win at Pittsburgh (11/13).
- Had a team-high eight tackles against Baltimore (11/20), then finished second with 11 tackles with a stop for a loss and a breakup on Thanksgiving Day against Washington (11/24).
- Had a team-best four special teams tackles along with eight tackles and a breakup at Minnesota (12/1), then in- tercepted his first career pass with two breakups, finishing second with six tackles against Tampa Bay (12/18).
- Posted five tackles with one for a loss against Detroit (12/26), then eight tackles and a breakup in the finale at Philadelphia (1/1/17).
- Made his playoff debut and logged five tackles and two pass breakups against Green Bay (1/15/17).
- Finished his rookie season as one of the club’s starting safeties, after beginning the year as a reserve corner- back. Was fifth on the defense with 76 tackles - two for losses - while pacing the team with 12 breakups - the first time a rookie led the team in breakups since Derek Ross in 2002.
- Made his NFL debut in the season-opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/13) and posted his first career stats - an assisted tackle and a breakup.
- Made his first career start as the team opened with six defensive backs against New England (10/11) and posted nine tackles (seven solos).
- Logged seven tackles and two pass breakups, seeing most of his time at safety, at the N.Y. Giants (10/25).
- Started at safety against Seattle (11/1) and posted five tackles and a breakup.
- Notched a pair of tackles, two breakups and his first career stop for a loss against Philadelphia (11/8).
- Started in place of Morris Claiborne (hamstring/ankle) at Miami (11/22) and had six tackles and a breakup.
- On Thanksgiving Day against Carolina (11/26), started for Claiborne and had four tackles and two breakups.
- One-of-five defenders to reach double-digit tackles, finishing with a season-best 11 at Green Bay (12/13).
- Started at corner in place of Claiborne (hamstring) against the N.Y. Jets (12/19) and posted four tackles.
- Returned to a starting safety role at Buffalo (12/27) and finished with four tackles then started at safety in the finale against Washington (1/3/16) and logged seven tackles with one for a loss.
- Totaled 223 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions and 18 pass breakups while starting 38-of-43 career games for the Huskies.
- Started the first seven games of the season as a senior at cornerback before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury and finished with 24 tackles, two picks, one that was returned 70 yards for a score, and four breakups.
- As a junior, started 11-of-12 games at cornerback after converting from safety to finish fourth on the squad with 60 tackles along with a team and career-high three interceptions, eight pass breakups and two tackles for loss.
- Named to the 2013 American Athletic Conference All-Academic team.
- Started all 12 games at safety as a sophomore and was the third-leading tackler on the team with a career-best 88 stops and also had 1.5 tackles for a loss, an interception and two pass breakups.
- Saw his first collegiate action in 2011 as a redshirt freshman and earned a varsity letter, starting eight-of-12 games - and six of the final seven - at safety, finishing sixth on the team in tackles with 51, while also collecting a fumble recovery, four pass breakups and two interceptions.
- Redshirted as a true freshman.
- Attended St. Paul High School in Bristol, Conn., and named to the Class MM All-State team by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and was named first-team All-Naugatuck Valley as a senior and team captain.
- Had three interceptions in 2009 and returned punts and kickoffs.
- Also played basketball - averaged 22.0 points-per-game - and ran track.
- Interned for Connecticut’s House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz and in Washington for U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in the summer of 2013 before starting his redshirt junior season at UConn.
- Majored in economics at UConn.
- 2015 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
- 2015-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
- 2015, 2017 Early Thanksgiving Day meal at The Salvation Army.
- 2016-17 Children’s Cancer Fund Fashion Show.
- WrestleMania 32 week community events Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Event and North Texas Youth Education Town.
- 2016-17 Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
- 2016 Dirk Nowitzki Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game.
- 2016 Character Playbook School Launch.
- 2016 My Cause My Cleats campaign.
- 2017 Fuel Up to Play60 Special Guest Presenter.
- 2017 Reliant Home Run Derby benefiting The Salvation Army.
- 2017 Taste of the Cowboys benefiting North Texas Food Bank.
- Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
- Kick Off Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
- Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.