Miami picks Brandon Jones to become first Longhorn drafted

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AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 07: Brandon Jones #19 of the Texas Longhorns sacks Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers in the fourth quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — Safety Brandon Jones is the first Texas Longhorn off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Miami Dolphins picked Jones in the early portion of the third round with the No. 70 overall pick. Jones was a captain for the Longhorns during his senior season, leading the defense with 64 tackles in 2019.

Jones finished with three interceptions over his four-year UT career. Several of his former Texas teammates sounded off on social media following the announcement. Texas football released video of Jones and his family’s reaction to the call from Miami on Friday night.

The Dolphins released a Twitter video Friday with the phone conversation between the team’s general manager and Jones after Miami made the pick for the Texas DB.

“Enjoyed watching you play and the passion you played with…we’re going to make you a Miami Dolphin,” Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier told Jones in the video.

Longhorns head coach Tom Herman sent out a congratulatory video on Twitter.

“Congrats Captain Jones. Can’t wait to see you play. Longhorn Nation is proud of you, man. You’ve done an excellent job representing this University so very well and I know you’ll do the same at the next level,” Herman said in a video posted through the UT Football Twitter account.

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