Even though the Texas defensive backfield has been in constant flux for the last four years, safety Brandon Jones has been a mainstay.
Now, Jones will get a chance to take his talents to the next level, as he was chosen by the Miami Dolphins with the sixth pick in the third round.
Jones was one of the few constants for the Longhorn secondary in his four years in Austin. He made 35 starts in 46 career games, becoming a captain in his final season. Jones was a leader of a Texas defense in search of an identity in 2019. Before missing the Alamo Bowl victory due to a shoulder injury, Jones led the team with 86 tackles.
While he never made his mark as a ball hawk safety, Jones found ways to make key plays in the season’s biggest moments. Two of his four career interceptions came in Red River Rivalry games against Oklahoma, including one against fellow draftee Jalen Hurts in the 2019 Cotton Bowl.
Jones was originally recruited out of his hometown’s Nacogdoches High School, where he was named an All-American and USA Today Texas Defensive Player of the Year after recording 124 tackles and two interceptions during his senior season.
After that lingering shoulder injury cut short his senior season at Texas, Jones was unable to participate in the NFL Draft Combine. But he still found a way to draw the attention of NFL scouts by charting four games of game film from every NFL defense while recovering from injury.