The USA Today recently put out their preview of the upcoming NFL Draft where multiple Mountaineers came in as the top players at their positions.
One player they focused on is Karl Joseph. They ranked Joseph the 104th best player in the 2016 NFL Draft and the 6th best in his position. The article highlighted pros for Joseph consisted of them calling Karl a “tough, physical player who thinks fast, reacts fast, and plays faster.”
The article also highlights his ability to chase a receiver down field with his lateral range. They also point out, however, that Joseph “misses too many tackles because of his overly aggressive style of play.”
Another Mountaineer highlighted in the publication is K.J. Dillon. The USA Today has Dillon as one of the top safeties in the draft, three players behind Karl Joseph.
They say that Dillon is a “smooth operator who can change direction seamlessly,” but follows up with a con saying Dillon will “over commit” when it comes to reads and that he isn’t the most reliable tackler when it comes to bringing a ball-carrier down in space.
The publication also highlighted other Mountaineers in the draft with Nick O’Toole as the 5th best punter, Darryl Worley as the 30th best cornerback. They rate Nick Kwiatkoski as the 14th best ILB, and Wendell Smallwood as the 16th best running back in the draft.
If these grades are any indication, we should see many WVU players hear their names called when the draft commences in three weeks.