Safety Karl Joseph Made A Pre-Draft Visit To The Bills
West Virgina safety Karl Joseph made a pre-draft visit to the Bills last week. Joseph is 5’10” and 205 pounds according to NFL.com. The safety from West Virginia confirmed the meeting by posting the below photo of him and Bills coach Ed Reed.
Karl Joseph started four years in college for the Mountaineers although he was injured for much of his senior year. His freshman year he started all 13 games on his way to being voted West Virginia’s Defensive Player of the Year. In 2014, he was voted First Team All Big 12 by the coaches in the conference.
He is a very physical and aggressive player who is known for his punishing hits. He is a natural leader and was a captain at West Virginia. He not only can play in man coverage but he has good ball skills as well which NFL teams emphasize the importance of.
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He tore his ACL in a non-contact drill back in October and did not return for the season. He is not expected to be 100% when training camp rolls around so any team looking to draft Joseph is taking a chance. It’s a shame he injured his ACL when he did because at that point in the season he had five interceptions in only four games.
He lacks ideal height and that could be an issue in the NFL against taller receivers or tight ends. He is projected to go somewhere in rounds 2-3. If he did not hurt his ACL his senior year it’s very possible that he would be selected in the first round.
Karl Joseph has a diverse skillset as a physical, big hitter who can cover man and has good ball skills. He could be a steal in the 2016 NFL Draft if he is able to recover fully from his ACL injury and if he is able to overcome his diminutive size against the larger, stronger, and faster NFL Players.
Buffalo shouldn’t consider him in the 1st round but if they are looking for some help at safety he would be a great option for the team in the second or third rounds if he is still available.