Joseph is a former junior college transfer who possesses good upside after declaring for the draft as a junior. He does well in run defense, and is physical in coverage with good speed. He also shows flashes of top-tier ability, but needs to develop considerably if he is to emerge as a shutdown corner at the next level.
During his last year with the Gamecocks, Joseph recorded 55 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions.
Scout.com currently ranks Joseph as the No. 4 overall cornerback available in the 2006 NFL Draft.
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Full Name: Johnathan Joseph School: South Carolina Pos: CB
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 193 40: 4.37 Year: 3Jr
Bio: Junior college transfer coming off a breakout campaign. Posted 55/4/9 last year after playing in just two games during his initial season with the program.
Pos: Nice-sized athlete with excellent upside for the next level. Physical, will mix it up and defends the run. Quick moving in reverse, displays an excellent break to the ball as well as a burst of closing speed. Gets vertical to defend the throw and adjusts in mid-air for the interception. Follows receivers across the field or mirrors them down the flanks and positions himself to make a play on the ball.
Neg: Displays a lot of hesitation in his game and is not instinctive. Misses tackles. Prefers to side-shuffle.
Analysis: A developing cornerback, Joseph flashes the ability to completely shut down opponents. Still raw and a prospect who needs a lot of development yet offers the underlying skills to start in the NFL.