Jordan Battle is a South Florida local who played his high school ball at the illustrious St. Thomas Aquinas. Now at Alabama, Battle has been a two-year starting safety for coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
Saban has managed to send game-changing safeties to the NFL that have produced for their teams. Among them are Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Landon Collins, Xavier McKinney, among other prospects.
Battle could be the next big name on that list.
In three seasons at Alabama, Battle has 178 total tackles, 105 being solo, 6 tackles for loss, 1 sack. In coverage, he has 5 interceptions and 13 pass deflections.
Miami already has two impressive young safeties in Brandon Jones and Jevon Holland, but drafting Battle would mean moving on from Eric Rowe, which would save the Dolphins cap that could go towards improving the offensive line.
It’s clear the Dolphins like going with a three safety rotation, we’ve seen it multiple times this season. Jones and Holland are able to move around and play multiple different roles on the defense. Replacing Rowe with Battle would just increase the role that Holland and Jones would play.
Safety isn’t a pressing need for the Dolphins, but to move and save cap for a massive push towards improving the offensive line.