Missing the majority of his senior season with the Mountaineers has not seemed to hurt Karl Joseph’s draft status in the slightest. Considered one of the hardest hitters in college football this past season Joseph’s reputation of playing bigger and faster than his size has overshadowed the devastating knee injury.
According to NFL.com, Joseph is considered a top 50 player in the upcoming NFL draft, coming in 39th overall and the 3rd ranked safety. Joseph’s scouting report is as follows:
“Joseph is a three-year starter for the Mountaineers but he missed the majority of the 2015 campaign due to injury. This is an aggressive player that plays much bigger than his size. Against the pass, he has excellent instincts and range from the deep middle. He will occasionally match up with tight ends in coverage. He has the speed and agility to mirror them but he will get out-muscled for the ball at times. He is a missile against the run. He explodes to the alley and he has some big hits on his resume. However, he does fail to break down occasionally and will have some fly-by missed tackles. Overall, Joseph lacks ideal size but he is a playmaker and I love his physical style.”
Taking it one step further, NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has Joseph as a first round draft pick at 31st overall to the Carolina Panthers. If Joseph does go in the first round he would join Bruce Irvin (2012), Tavon Austin (2013), and Kevin White (2015) as recent 1st round draft picks hailing from West Virginia.