With their only pick in the third round, the Miami Dolphins drafted safety Brandon Jones No. 70 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft out of the University of Texas.
The saying “defense wins championships” is ever present in sports all over. For the Dolphins, improving their defense was a goal heading into the draft. Both passing and rushing defense proved to be problems for Miami last season. It sat in the bottom ten in the NFL in both categories and finished 5-11 overall.
Miami Adds Second Secondary Player in Five Picks
General Manager Chris Grier already drafted a defensive player on day two of the draft, but he decided to add another to put an exclamation point on the defensive rebuild.
Looking to further improve their defensive line, the Dolphins took a stab at drafting Jones who proved to be an excellent tackler for the Crimson Tide. Even though Jones is only 5-feet, 11-inches, and weighs 198 pounds, his on-field presence makes him tower over opponents.
Second Jones Better Than the First?
Jones looks to keep opposing receivers from getting the ball in coverage and has a real shot to replace veteran safety Reshad Jones who was cut by Miami this offseason.
He will need to further develop his instincts to increase his center field speed, but that will improve in due-time. The coaching staff will be able to work with him on his body adjustments and angles in order to allow him to be more in-tune with his coverage in no time.
The move allows Miami to continue to grow younger during its rebuild. This talented fifth pick through the first three rounds is showing the chemistry between Grier and head coach Brian Flores. The team is coming together with the two working together to select players that best fir the team, and with the release of Reshad Jones, Brandon Jones has the opportunity to fit in nicely.