PROS: Finds a lot of success playing forward and triggering downhill. Love how he flies down near the line of scrimmage and battles through contact to get involved. High urgency player in pursuit and his motor is always cranked up. Has some really impressive finishes in space where he tackles outside of his frame and works off contact. Plays within himself and his angles are correctly calculated. Showcases adequate range to stay leveraged over routes. Has experience filling multiple roles at Texas (deep, low, slot, zone/man). Should be a plus special teamer.
CONS: Better not have him in man coverage where things can get ugly. Has the speed and enough flexibility but his mirroring/anticipation skills are poor. Ball skills and production are mostly missing. Doesn’t have a great feel for staying in phase. A touch undersized for the physical style of play that he excelled at in college. Guilty of slow playing and he isn’t the quickest to respond. Misses his share of tackles.
BEST TRAIT - Physicality
WORST TRAIT - Coverage
RED FLAGS - None
Texas safety Brandon Jones was a versatile defender at Texas but he doesn’t project as such in the NFL. His best moments come when he can keep the action in front of him and drive forward. He’s physical, urgent and has impressive moments playing off contact. With that said, he lacks the anticipation skills at this point to function in coverage at the NFL level despite having the necessary physical traits. He misses the mark in man and deep coverage. If he can develop better awareness and processing skills in coverage then he is an NFL starter but as it stands he’s likely a subpackage defender with special teams upside.