What Are the Highest Vertical Jumps in NFL Scouting Combine History?

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One of the best methods for measuring an NFL prospect’s explosiveness is the vertical jump test. It may seem like a simple and old-fashioned measurement, but the simple truth of the matter is that turning in a 40-plus inch vertical at the NFL Scouting Combine can cause a mediocre player’s draft stock to skyrocket.

Most recently, we all witnessed former Georgia and current Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver as well as former UConn and current Dallas Cowboys defensive back Byron Jones blow away the scouts, coaches, and front office executives at the 2015 NFL Combine with 45 and 44.5-inch vertical jumps, respectively.

How do Conley and Jones’s impressive performances rank all time? Here is a look at the highest vertical jumps in NFL Combine history.

 

9. 42.0 inches

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  • Pierson Prioleau, safety, Virginia Tech – 1999
  • Rashad Holman, safety, Louisville – 2001
  • Santana Moss, wide receiver, Miami – 2001
  • Scott Fujita, outside linebacker, California – 2002
  • Raonall Smith, outside linebacker, Washington State – 2002
  • William Green, running back, Boston College – 2002
  • Boss Bailey, outside linebacker, Georgia – 2003
  • Kerry Rhodes, safety, Louisville – 2005
  • Ellis Hobbs, cornerback, Iowa State – 2005
  • Vernon Davis, tight end, Maryland – 2006
  • Mark Anderson, defensive end, Alabama – 2006
  • Trindon Holliday, wide receiver, LSU – 2010
  • Jon Baldwin, wide receiver, Pittsburgh – 2011
  • Dontay Moch, outside linebacker, Nevada – 2011
  • Ryan Shazier, outside linebacker, Ohio State – 2014
  • Jaelen Strong, wide receiver, Arizona State (pictured) – 2015
  • Bud Dupree, linebacker, Kentucky – 2015

8. 42.5 inches

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  • Brock Williams, cornerback, Notre Dame – 2001
  • Jonathan Carter, wide receiver, Troy – 2001
  • Nate Burleson, wide receiver, Nevada – 2003
  • Jarett Dillard, wide receiver, Rice – 2009
  • Virgil Green, tight end, Nevada – 2011
  • Davis Tull, linebacker, Tennessee-Chattanooga – 2015
  • Ameer Abdullah, running back, Nebraska (pictured) – 2015

7. 43.0 inches

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  • Cedric James, wide receiver, TCU – 2001
  • Scott Starks, cornerback, Wisconsin – 2005
  • Darius Butler, cornerback, UConn – 2009
  • Eric Berry, safety, Tennessee (pictured) – 2010
  • Christine Michael, running back, Texas A&M – 2013

6. 43.5 inches

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Josh Merwin/Getty Images

  • Jay Hinton, running back, Morgan State – 1999
  • Jerry Azumah, running back, New Hampshire – 1999
  • Kevin Kasper, wide receiver, Iowa (pictured) – 2001
  • Dustin Fox, safety, Ohio State – 2005
  • Dorin Dickerson, tight end, Pittsburgh – 2010
  • Kashif Moore, wide receiver, UConn – 2012

5. 44.0 inches

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  • A.J. Jefferson, cornerback, Fresno State – 2010

4. 44.5 inches

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  • Byron Jones, cornerback, UConn – 2015

3. 45.0 inches

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Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

  • Chris Chambers, wide receiver, Wisconsin (pictured) – 2001
  • Chris McKenzie, cornerback, Arizona State – 2005
  • Donald Washington, cornerback, Ohio State – 2009
  • Chris Conley, wide receiver, Georgia – 2015

2. 45.5 inches

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

  • Cameron Wake, outside linebacker, Penn State – 2005

1. 46.0 inches

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

  • Gerald Sensabaugh, safety, North Carolina – 2005

Data courtesy of NFLCombineResults.com and NFL.com.