Miami finished out night two of the NFL Draft by addressing a need. Free safety was a huge hole on the roster, prior to this pick, the team had Adrian Colbert slated as the starter. The team selected Brandon Jones out of Texas with the 70th overall pick.
Jones was not able to perform at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis but has a skill set which the Dolphins and Brian Flores covet. He provides intelligent decision making and range at the safety position, with sound tackling and toughness despite a lack of size.
Many fans were disappointed that the team did not select a safety earlier, but with the current depth on the roster, drafting a role player who can grow into an eventual starter was a good choice here. Eric Rowe signed a recent extension, Bobby McCain will be returning from injury, and the aforementioned Adrian Colbert will be part of the rotation. This allows Jones to be a depth piece in the secondary and help out in special teams as well as in sub packages.
Overall, the drafting of Jones shows Miami is seeking smart players who can contribute in a variety of forms and fashion. Unlike other safety prospects with higher regard in draft circles, Jones can be molded in a multitude of ways, but the pick was a risk and if the 22-year old does not develop into a contributing defensive back soon. Time will only tell but we are all rooting for him.