West Virginia Safety Karl Joseph Picked 14th By the Oakland Raiders in 2016 NFL Draft

West Virginia defensive back Karl Joseph didn't let a season-ending knee injury slow him down. The Mountaineer missile piled up enough on-field accomplishments to earn the Xxth pick in the draft when he was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the first round on Thursday night.

 Karl Joseph becomes the 12th Mountaineer picked in the first round of the NFL Draft. West Virginia's initial first-round selection was lineman Joe Stydahar (Chicago Bears) back in 1936, and its most recent came a year ago when Kevin White was also selected by the Bears.


Joseph told BlueGoldNews.com during his Pro Day at WVU that his recovery from knee surgery was ahead of schedule.

Pro Day Measurements

Height: 5-10 Weight: 205 lbs.
Arm Length: 32 1/8" Hands: 9 3/4"
40: 4.57

NFL.com Evaluation

Fiercely competitive with immense football character. Different teams may have differing opinions of how best to utilize him, but Joseph has proven he can make plays in man coverage or play disciplined enough to be trusted on the back. His average size and subsequent durability will concern some teams due to his aggressive, attacking demeanor; however, Joseph is talented enough to become an early starter and high­-impact safety down the road if the medicals check out.

NFLDraftScout Evaluation

"Pound-for-pound one of the most physical players in the country, and plays much tougher than he looks. He loves violent contact and times his hits well to jar the ball loose. He plays fast and low to the ground to generate his power as a tackler, using leverage and reckless abandon as a finisher." --Dane Brugler

Karl Joseph Biography \ Statistics

2015 Team Captain, CBSSports All-American, SI.com All-American Honorable-Mention andAll-Big 12 Honorable-Mention despite sustaining a season-ending right knee injury on Oct. 6 in a non-contact drill during practice

Started all 42 games of his career

At the time of his injury, ranked No. 1 nationally with 1.3 interceptions per game, No. 27 nationally with one fumble recovered and was No. 23 in the NCAA, No. 1 in the Big 12 with 1.5 passes defended per game

Named FWAA National Player of the Week for performance against Georgia Southern; also Jim Thorpe National and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week  after recording three interceptions and eight tackles, seven solo vs. Georgia Southern

First WVU player since 1994 to have three interceptions in a game and third all-time to have three in a quarter

Year GP/GS Tackles (Solo/Assists/Total) TFL/Yds Sacks/Yds Int/Yds PBU FF FR
2015 4/4 15/5/20 2/9 1/8 5/7 1 0 1
2014 13/13 62/30/92 4.5/11 0/0 0/0 1 3 0
2013 12/12 56/12/68 3/11 0/0 1/11 4 2 4
2012 13/13 76/28/104 2/20 1/12 2/22 6 3 1
Total 42/42 209/75/284 15.5/56 2/20 8/40 12 8 6

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