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With the 70th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Texas safety Brandon Jones.
Jones finished his college career at Texas as a strong tackler and consistent leader. In 2019, Jones finished the season with 86 total tackles (4.5 tackles for loss), two interceptions, and a forced fumble. Jones finishes his NFL career with 233 total tackles, including 14 tackles for loss, and four interceptions.
When watching Brandon Jones, his versatility stands out. Throughout his career at Texas, Jones has played every safety position. Jones is not a speedster but his power and physicality stands out. When you keep the ball in front of him, watch out. His ability to create and generate pressure and power is with the best of them.
Jones struggles in coverage and will have to learn the fine parts if he ever wants to become a good versatile safety but the way he drives pressure and creates plays is intriguing.
Jones might not be an immediate versatile piece but his physicality will grant him a spot in the NFL, especially with a team that does need him to be an immediate starter.
What the Analysts Say
He’s got a thumper’s heart but doesn’t have the frame to carry the pop necessary to handle that role. While Jones played boundary, field, and nickel safety position at Texas, he’ll likely be pegged as a two-deep or single-high free safety due to man coverage limitations but above-average speed. -Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
The Miami Dolphins love versatile safeties, which is what Brandon Jones is. Jones has played across the safety positions and may very well be asked to do similar in the NFL. Jones will likely be a rotational defensive back in the beginning, as he plays behind Eric Rowe and Bobby McCain, who started a majority of last season as their safety.