We all knew this would be the final games for players such as Quinton Spain, Mario Alford, and Kevin White, all of whom will probably be playing on Sundays next season. However, there is now another player who may potentially be suiting up for the last time as a Mountaineer tomorrow in Memphis.
Junior safety Karl Joseph has submitted his paperwork to the NFL draft advisory board and will decide after the Liberty Bowl as to whether we will return for his senior year or enter this spring’s NFL draft. Joseph’s decision will reported depend on where he is projected to go in the 2015 draft. If the hard hitting safety is projected to be a first or second round draft pick the odds are he will declare.
Most NFL scouts have Joseph as a solid 2nd or 3rd round pick. Many teams have him as the 4th overall safety to be taken in the draft behind Landon Collins of Alabama, Gerod Holliman of Louisville, and Jalen Mills of LSU. Considered to be a deep free safety in the league most NFL teams are attracted to Joseph’s willingness to get to the ball and be aggressive in the tackle box.
Joseph finished the regular season with 82 tackles, one interception, and two forced fumbles this season. Known as one of the hardest hitters in college football Joseph has also been known to be out of position at times as well. Despite that fact WVU may be losing a force in their defensive secondary come next season. Players have until mid January to declare themselves eligible for the NFL draft.