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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
Apr 28 - 9:55 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.
Apr 28 - 3:44 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.
Apr 25 - 8:26 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 10:05 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior K Josh Lambert has been suspended for the first three games of the 2016 campaign.

In your Kicker Update of the Day, Lambert finds himself running afoul with the Big 12, as Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that the 6-foot-1, 198-pounder will be held out for the first three games in 2016 due to a violation of conference eligibility rules. Last season, Lambert connected on 21-of-28 boots. He is serving a team suspension this spring, though there is no indication that it connects in any way to the Big 12's issues with the golden-legged human.
Apr 16 - 4:10 PM

West Virginia S K.J. Dillon visited the Falcons, Vikings, Lions and Bucs.

Our own Josh Norris recently projected Dillon to the Vikings in the third round. For anyone who attended Senior Bowl practices, you know Dillon is one of the more physical safeties in this class. He loves to crash the second level and take out ball carriers. Dillon also has experience covering slot receivers.
Apr 15 - 10:53 AM

West Virginia CB Daryl Worley recently visited the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals.

The Eagles likely didn't need to count that against their 30-prospect limit because Worley is a native of Philadelphia. Worley also has private workouts booked with the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder ran a sluggish 4.64 seconds in the forty at the Combine but improved to 4.48 seconds at his Pro Day.
Apr 14 - 4:02 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.
Apr 12 - 11:47 AM

West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood indicated that he received a positive response from scouts following Monday's Pro Day.

Smallwood cruised through the 40-yard dash in just 4.41 and 4.42 seconds on Monday. Scouts apparently did not expect him to run with such cheetah-like speed. Said Smallwood, "A lot of the scouts were hyped about how I ran. I think it changed things. A lot of guys turned their heads because they didn’t know I was that fast." The 5-foot-11, 207-pounder ran the 40 in a less impressive (but still respectable) 4.47 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. He had no worries about re-running the event on Pro Day, saying, "I just know my ability and the highest peak I could reach, and I knew the combine wasn’t it." According to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, Smallwood also did a nice job catching passes during position drills.
Apr 5 - 11:47 PM

West Virginia CB Daryl Worley ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds during Monday's Pro Day.

According to his mother, Worley was actually one of several players who tested while sick at the NFL Scouting Combine. Perhaps that explains his rather sluggish 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder was not a fan of that time and hoped to run faster when Pro Day festivities got underway. Mission accomplished. Said Worley, "I did pretty good at everything today. The only thing I worried about was my first 40, but I hit a pretty solid time the second time around. Everyone seemed happy with it." West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen spoke out about his draft prospects at the end of the 2015 campaign and predicted Worley would not be drafted if he declared, though NFL Media's Lance Zierlein wrote earlier this offseason that he sees Worley as a potential Day 3 selection due to his aggressive nature and quick reaction times.
Apr 5 - 11:35 PM

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.
Apr 5 - 6:39 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
Apr 5 - 3:29 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Cleveland Browns are interested in West Virginia ILB Nick Kwiatkoski.

The Browns sat down with Kwiatkoski on Monday afternoon, the day of his Pro Day workout. In addition, the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out Kwiatkoski on Monday. Pauline reported that Kwiatkoski was "quick, very explosive and moved well in both a straight line as well as laterally" in Monday's position drills.
Apr 5 - 12:56 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.
Apr 5 - 11:33 AM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt forwarded that West Virginia ILB Nick Kwiatkoski "moves around better than you might think he would."

Brandt notes that Kwiatkoski is "a really good athlete who drops well into coverage." During Monday's Mountaineer Pro Day, the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder opted not to participate in any testing events, instead sitting on his Combine numbers. Among the marks he recorded in Indianapolis, 4.73 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 19 bench press reps, a 32-inch vertical jump and a 120-inch broad jump. Earlier on Monday, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that he has held workouts with the Eagles and Bucs in addition to a sit-down meeting with the Browns.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 4 - 9:22 PM


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