Chargers Draft Prospectus VI

He may have the most talent out of anyone in the Draft. When his head is in the game he can be a monster, but there are plenty of times where he just does not seem to care, and they come way too often to just blow off as a bad day. He has gone from prime prospect to treading water to stay in the first round and the San Diego Chargers see something special in him.

Here are the San Diego Chargers, in all their glory, taking a look at William Joseph of Miami and coming back impressed enough to be considering him in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

You may recall Rob Curtis, our NFL Draft expert, telling not only the fans but the Chargers organization to stay away from Joseph:

The article can be seen here: http://chargers.theinsiders.com/2/96267.html or via the following link: Players the Chargers Should Avoid

William Joseph
Miami
Defensive Tackle
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 308
40 Times: 4.9/5.11
Bench Press: 29 reps
Vertical Jump: 30 inches
Body Fat: 17.2%

"As a red-shirt freshman William Joseph looked like he was the next great Hurricane lineman, terrorizing opponents defending both the run and pass. And while he's had a solid career at Miami, Joseph has not been as spectacular as many thought he would be. Joseph did not test well athletically during the 'Canes Pro-Day, and now questions are arising about his character. " Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview


So what is the deal with William Joseph anyway?

Plenty of other defensive tackles have shown they have the heart to compete and never take a play off lending some experts to believe Joseph will fall into the 20's of round one. He entered the year as a top 3 possibility; however, his senior season was not as great as expected and Joseph had an average showing at the combine.

Joseph is good against the run but could be better. He is pretty quick and can penetrate very swiftly. However, he can stand to add some strength at the point of attack and he also needs to use his hands better.

He may be the best interior rusher in this draft; that is if he commits himself to do so. Joseph can track down the QB and can beat the one on one blocking with a spin move or with quickness. If he works on his bull rush a little more he could be a fabulous interior rusher.

The truth is he must turn it up all on all fronts; conditioning, fundamentals, and instincts if he's to realize his potential and become the dominant force he is capable of being.

All this yet he will disappear in games, and not just disappear in a sense where he is trying hard. Looking at game tapes, he simply does not give his all. He could get away with that on Saturdays, but will not be so lucky on the next level.

There has to be a key to getting him to bring consistent play each week. Coaching is the key here, a Herm Edwards type guy who everyone wants to play hard for.

Is Coach Schottenheimer that type of guy?

No, he is not. Schottenheimer is a tough nosed coach. He does not take very kindly to players who do not give them their all. He is not one to bring the best out of somebody, that is not his personality. Instead he will teach the fundamentals and expect you to do the rest.

Joseph is in need of more. He needs a guy to bring out the best of him with different methods instead of using the same technique on everyone. Someone who will be willing to get through those tough times.

The Chargers remain interested as Joseph does have all the talent in the world to be a fantastic defensive tackle. The trick is teaching him to work at it and realize that potential. The Bolts first showed interest in Joseph just after their season ended and it has surprisingly not waned even after so-so performances at the combines and at his Pro Day.

Special thanks to Tony Pauline who contributed to this report.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net or via the following link: Denis Savage


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