The Texas defensive secondary over the past three years has been a work in progress, apart from safety Brandon Jones. Jones is an intriguing NFL prospect and has first round talent. We will take a brief look at the positives and areas he needs to work before the draft.
Jones was thrown right into the starting lineup with the Longhorns as a freshman. Throughout his career at Texas, Jones racked up 174 tackles, picked off three passes, and recovered three fumbles, Jones started in 44 games for the Longhorns and made impact on the field, both with his speed and his ability to deliver a solid tackle.
The strengths for Jones are easy to identify. Jones has excellent speed, which can make up for being out of position at times. Texas used Jones as a kick returner and trusted him to hang on to the football. Jones is a hard hitter, but he also is smart about delivering the hit, he will not deliver hits that will cause him to pick up penalties.
From a weakness perspective, Jones needs to stay healthy. Jones missed the Alamo Bowl against the Utah Utes and is questionable to participate in the Senior Bowl. Jones also needs to work on his pass coverage, but that is an area that can be improved the more action he sees.
My draft projection for Jones is late first round-solid second round. Jones simply has too much talent for teams to pass up. A team that needs help in the secondary will make him a priority.