The backbone of the defense for Texas football so far this season is senior safety Brandon Jones. The Longhorns were pretty bad on defense to start the season. Orlando came under a lot of fire of late. Imagine what type of shape the defense would be in if the senior captain Jones wasn’t reliably manning the ship in the secondary.
The former five-star top rated safety recruit in the nation Jones has a lot of talent and proven experience that he brings to the table. There’s no doubt that he has a high floor of where he’ll be selected come the 2020 NFL Draft. Jones should be a middle round pick at the absolute least next spring.
Through eight games played this season, Jones has 55 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, three pass deflections, and one fumble recovery. He’s making an impact all over the place and the NFL should take notice if they haven’t already.
The challenge for Jones will be staying afloat in a group of safeties that fit a similar profile that he does. Walter Football slots the 6-foot and 205 pound safety Jones as the ninth best at this position in the 2020 NFL Draft class. Possibly the top defensive talent in the 2020 NFL Draft class is also a safety, with Grant Delpit of the LSU Tigers.