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Karl Joseph | Safety

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205

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The Raiders' draft class was one of three in the NFL that received a B+ grade or better from each of Rotoworld’s Evan Silva, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke.
The straw poll, conducted by Rotoworld's Mark Lindquist, saw Oakland's class in an extremely favorable light... with a few nitpicky caveats. Burke, for instance, loved the pick of S Karl Joseph in the first round, but wondered why GM Reggie McKenzie didn't add a cornerback soon thereafter. Prisco also applauded the Joseph selection, but nagged the decision to draft Connor Cook by writing, "What’s the point?" Silva thought the class may bring "as many as five early contributors." Tue, May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM
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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that he would be "shocked" if West Virginia S Karl Joseph did not start for the Raiders in Week 1.

Kiper tossed out the usual health caveats, though with White, health is not just a buzzword. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder tore his ACL in early October and while he has professed that he expects to be ready for training camp in a few months, there is no reason for the Raiders to push him if that is not the case. As for Joseph's on-field work, Kiper wrote, "Is he going to take some risks and miss some tackles? Yep. Is he going to take some risks and make some big hits and take the ball away? Again, yes. If the pass rush is improved, his ball skills could be useful on forced throws." The veteran analyst included the Mountaineer great on his list of players he views as immediate impact rookies.
Sun, May 8, 2016 07:44:00 PM

The Raiders emerged from the 2016 NFL Draft with a strong B+ grade on Evan Silva's report card.

"[Rd. 1 S Karl] Joseph solidifies a suddenly imposing Raiders pass defense that will field two long, physical press corners (Sean Smith, David Amerson), 2015 NFL interceptions leader Reggie Nelson, Oakland's new first-round safety, and the Khalil Mack-Bruce Irvin edge-rush tandem, which suspended Aldon Smith should join eventually," Silva wrote. The analyst also liked what GM Reggie McKenzie did on Day 2 in addressing need with solid value picks in Rd. 2 Illinois DE Jihad Ward and Rd. 3 Michigan State DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun. "Since a painfully slow start to his tenure as GM, McKenzie has caught fire and stayed hot this draft weekend. I'd expect as many as five players from this class to become early contributors in Oakland," Silva wrote.
Source: Rotoworld
Thu, May 5, 2016 06:59:00 PM

Raiders selected West Virginia S Karl Joseph with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Joseph (5'10/205) made 42 starts for the Mountaineers before a torn right ACL ended his senior year after four games. He tallied nine career interceptions, eight forced fumbles and 16.5 tackles for loss. Joseph earned first-team All-Big 12 as a junior. A big hitter in run defense and a ballhawk in the back end, Joseph combines a strong safety's demeanor with free safety range. Joseph's ACL tear prevented him from working out before the draft, but the Raiders obviously weren't deterred. The Raiders clearly believed he was the draft's top safety, and there's a good chance they're right
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 09:55:00 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, the Redskins would like to trade down in Rd. 1 and take West Virginia S Karl Joseph.

They better not move down far if they're serious about Joseph. NBC Sports' Mike Florio reported earlier this week that Joseph was likely to go in the first round. Rotoworld's Josh Norris slid Joseph to the Steelers at No. 25 and Thor Nystrom allocated Crazy Karl to the Broncos at No. 31.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 03:44:00 PM

NBC Sports' Mike Florio hears that West Virginia S Karl Joseph is "currently expected" to be drafted in the first round.

"That assessment [of Joseph as an expected first-rounder] comes from a source with a proven track record of accuracy and reliability in the always-sketchy world of anonymous sourcing in the days preceding the draft," Florio wrote on Pro Football Talk. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder has visited several clubs with mid-to-late first-round picks, including the Vikings, Broncos, Bengals, Steelers, Texans and Colts. ESPN's Steve Muench recently compared Joseph to Earl Thomas.
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 08:26:00 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench compares West Virginia S Karl Joseph to Earl Thomas.

Following a torn ACL in October, Muench notes that Joseph's biggest issue at the moment is questions about his durability. Outside of that, the Scouts Inc. team is sold and thinks Joseph is an easy first-round talent. "The 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Thomas has average size, measuring a little over 5-foot-10 and weighing in at 208 pounds at the combine," Muench wrote. "Joseph doesn't have great size either -- he measured in at just under 5-foot-10 and 215 pounds. Yet they are both outstanding run- defenders with above-average stopping power, and their physicality jumps out on tape. Joseph also has the cover skills and range, in addition to the ball skills and instincts, to develop into a playmaker like Thomas." Joseph has visited or will visit the Cowboys, Vikings, Broncos, Bengals, Steelers, Giants, Texans and Colts.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 10:05:00 PM

West Virginia S Karl Joseph visited or will visit the Cowboys, Vikings, Broncos, Bengals, Steelers, Giants, Texans and Colts, according to Aaron Wilson.

Joseph's visits are likely equal part interest in talent and updating medicals. ESPN's Louis Riddick has brought up Joseph's name whenever the situation presented itself, calling attention to the safeties game against Oklahoma this season. Joseph did his best work as a single high safety, attacking the receiver and the ball in the air when covering plenty of ground.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 11:47:00 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay would use an early Rd. 2 pick on West Virginia S Karl Joseph.

"If not for durability concerns (season-ending knee injury in 2015), Joseph would be our top-ranked safety in this class," McShay wrote. "He didn't run at the combine, but on tape, he shows outstanding closing burst. The analyst says he saw marked improvement in Joseph's coverage awareness last season before his injury. "Quite simply, Joseph is a heat-seeking missile versus the run and when the ball is in the air," McShay wrote. "He's one of the more violent and efficient tacklers we've studied in the past five years at the safety position." ESPN's Louis Riddick has called Joseph the best DB in the draft.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 06:39:00 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks West Virginia S Karl Joseph as the No. 59 overall prospect in the NFL Draft.

"Likely at his best as a single high safety in cover 1 or cover 3 looks, using his speed to close on the targets to outside receivers," he wrote. "Joseph loves to finish plays with big hits, and frequently targets the man rather than the ball. He needs to do a better job of being a sure tackler in the alleys and as a last line of defense." Joseph is scheduled to visit the Dallas Cowboys in the coming days. Daniel Jeremiah calls Joseph a "poor man's Earl Thomas."
Source: Rotoworld
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 03:29:00 PM

West Virginia S Karl Joseph is scheduled to visit the Dallas Cowboys.

Joseph will occupy one of the Cowboys 30 in-house visits. The visit could be equal parts talent/interest and medical recheck, as Joseph is coming off an ACL injury. The aggressive safety has plenty of fans in the draft community and could be viewed as the top safety by numerous evaluators. His best fit is likely as a single high safety in a defense that specializes in Cover 1 or Cover 3.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 11:33:00 AM

West Virginia S Karl Joseph (knee) indicated that he believes he will be ready for the start of NFL training camps.

Joseph is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered during an early October practice. During West Virginia's Pro Day on Monday, he said, "I'm on schedule -- I think I'm ahead of schedule right now. Dr. Andrews said I'm ahead of schedule and I look good, so I'll be ready by training camp." While it's a positive sign that Joseph, himself, is feeling optimistic, his actual readiness for training camp won't be known until we're further removed from the draft itself. On NFL Network's Path to the Draft program, analyst Daniel Jeremiah referred to Joseph as a "poor man's Earl Thomas." Jeremiah believes that if the West Virginia standout can return to health, he could make an early impact at the NFL level.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 08:19:00 PM's Mark Eckel spoke with three NFL scouts who all praise WVU S Karl Joseph's game.

"He's the best safety in the class," one professional evaluator said. The trio of scouts praised Joseph's physical nature and ball skills, adding his name kind of fell off the radar due to a knee injury in early October. Joseph played plenty of single high safety, which allowed him to attack sideline receivers with the ball in the air and lay huge hits at the catch point.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 09:54:00 AM

Pro Football Focus analyst John Breitenbach indicated that West Virginia S Karl Joseph offers a difficult evaluation because he played only 240 snaps in 2015 before being sidelined with a knee injury.

In PFF's metrics, Joseph saw a juicy rankings jump from being graded as the No. 98 safety in the country last season to a far more respectable No. 32 this past year. That boost simply isn't backed by many snaps. For the 2015 campaign, the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder intercepted five passes in four games (240 snaps) before his season was cut short by an early October knee injury. "How much stock should be put into such a small sample? Will the knee injury that forced him to miss the rest of the season persist? Joseph offers a unique conundrum as the FBS’ best safety over just a four-game stretch," Breitenbach concluded.
Tue, Mar 29, 2016 05:20:00 PM

West Virginia S Karl Joseph is the draft's top overall DB, according to ESPN's Louis Riddick.

This is exceptionally high praise form an evaluator who knows quite a bit about defensive back play. For Riddick, the WVU defender checks all of the boxes, "versatile, competitive, run support, blitz, tackle, zone pattern recognition, man skills, ball skills." Joseph has always been known as a hard hitter, but previously missed a number of tackles in the alleys as the last line of defense. However, during his injury shortened senior season, he displayed improvement in that area.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 10:09:00 AM