Known as the “hitman”, Karl Joseph has made a career of terrorizing opposing receivers who dare to step foot on his vicinity of the field. Joseph was a starter at safety for the Mountaineers since his freshman year. A team captain this past season and impactful leader, he made his presence known in a variety of ways. A pure thumper and missile in the back of the secondary, Joseph has the dynamic ability to be a successful safety at the next level. Will his size and medicals check out?
Name: Karl Joseph
College: West Virginia
Projection: 2nd-3rd Round
Comparison: Jay Bellamy
Strengths: Fluid athlete with good body proportion, long arms and big hands. Can get up and leap. Solid speed and the agility to easily change direction. Ability to play inside and deep in the secondary. Plays physically and is not afraid to mix it up. Solid in run support. Has a history of creating turnovers. Forced fumbles and interceptions. Has ball skills. Known as a leader and tone setter in the program.
Weaknesses: Undersized and specially thin in the legs with typical cornerback size. Picks and chooses when he wants to be physical in run support. Not an intimidating thumper. Not an old school tackler with consistent form. Blew out his knee in ’15 practice. Due to size injuries will always likely be a concern with him.
Overview: Expect a career similar to that of Jay Bellamy who had similar size, ability to play both strong and free safety and play an all-around game that kept him in the league for more than 10 seasons.