Finding Broncos: Scouting West Virginia Safety Karl Joseph

The safety class this year is a weak one, but there are some solid talents throughout. One of the top guys is a prospect from West Virginia. Is he a Broncos fit?

Pro Day Results

BENCH PRESS (225lbs): 19 reps of 225 pounds (knee injury kept him from doing anything else)


  • Different player on the field than off of it.
  • Excellent leadership qualities & could inspire a rock to move
  • Passion for the game
  • Good pedal & shift when in deep coverage
  • Plays both the run & pass with urgency
  • Enjoys playing the game & doesn’t take it, or opportunities for granted
  • Playmaker with nine interceptions on his career. Five in just four games his final year
  • Excellent leaping ability
  • Can & will challenge receivers at the high point of the ball
  • Great man cover ability
  • Outstanding ball skills
  • Keeps his head on a swivel
  • Quick to turn around to find the ball
  • Aggressive
  • Looks for the interception instead of just batting it down
  • Opportunistic
  • Can do whatever is asked of him
  • Can enter the box & take on blockers and defend the run, or drop deep in coverage
  • Took on one of the better wide receiver prospects in Sterling Shepard & played really well


  • ACL injury kept him from doing pre-draft workouts, including combine and pro day
  • Reckless hitter and doesn’t have the frame to constantly put his body through that
  • Tends to get lazy with his tackling technique
  • Can get overaggressive and give up big plays
  • Limited change of direction
  • Just average size

Overall Thoughts

In terms of character, Karl Joseph is the safest player in the draft. He will give it his all to be the best he can be, and keep his nose clean off the field. However, his medical record is a concern after missing more than half the season with an ACL injury.

Even still, Joseph is the best safety in the draft, if you count Jalen Ramsey as a corner. Joseph has so much potential and he's very pro ready already. Had he not torn his ACL, he would be getting top-15 consideration, at worst. He can do whatever is asked, and his concerns are all things that just need cleaned up.

With the Denver Broncos thin at safety — which they still are despite bringing in two — they could look Joseph's way at the end of the first round. Denver has met with him. Joseph would immediately become the No. 3 safety, which is a big role in this defense, and improves their special teams coverage. With Darian Stewart in a contract year, the Broncos taking Joseph gives them a viable replacement, on top of the major boost he brings them this season.

Broncos Round Projection: Late 1st

Where He Goes: Late 1st-Early 2nd

Per sources: One scout I talked to said Joseph was on his way to being a top-10 pick, until he tore his ACL. Another source said there are no long term concerns from his ACL injury, but he could miss the first couple weeks on the season.

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