Scouting Texas Safety Brandon Jones

Tackling / Run Support

Jones is a ball magnet of a safety with a solid, strong frame that is built for the next level. He closes on ball carriers and collapses their space, but has quick enough feet to gather himself and tackle while under control. Sound feet as a tackler who brings his hips and works to wrap up, consistently getting ball carriers on the ground. Jones is a force as an alley-runner who naturally tracks the back hip of outside run ball carriers. Successful as a run blitzer from depth who will fit gaps with quickness. Processes the backfield and reacts well, immediately getting downhill against the run. Versatile to take reps close to the line of scrimmage and be used as a blitzer, quickly closing down on the pocket.

Athleticism / Change of Direction

Jones has been an NFL-quality athlete since arriving on campus at Texas, with explosiveness and long speed. He should test out as a dynamic athlete at the NFL Scouting Combine. Accomplished sprinter in high school who has the bulk on a strong safety. Strong and powerful enough to play near the line of scrimmage and mix it up with tight ends, while having enough juice to cover running backs. His change of direction is fluid, with little wasted movement, but he doesn’t possess any sort of elite short-area quickness. 

Pass Coverage

Jones is more than capable in man coverage and will collision/re-route when the opportunity presents itself. Best when tasked with covering tight ends or running backs. Solid range on the backend who can thrive in a predominantly two-high role at the next level. Instincts in zone coverage are up to par, and he doesn’t ever get beaten over the top due to slow processing. However, Jones can has been beaten deep when tasked with covering quicker slot types, a position that NFL teams should look to keep him out of. Jones is likely not a natural fit as a predominantly single-high safety at the next level, though he can survive taking snaps there.

Ball Skills

The main aspect of Jones’ game that has yet to develop are his ball skills. While he is consistently in position to make plays as a developing cover-man, he too often fails to locate the football or properly play through the hands of opposing wide receivers. Can get lost when trying to track the football, despite initially being in-phase. While his ball production has improved with more reps over his college career, it seems like a trait that will never be comparable to the rest of his game. Jones’ current best move to dislodge the ball is when he forces it out with physicality. 

Positives

  • Team Captain
  • Special teams Versatility (14 career punt returns)
  • Productive – 163 solo tackles over the past three seasons

Round Grade

Second Round Value

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