The Visitors: Johnathan Joseph

Johnathan Joseph wasn't the only cornerback to be entertained by Detroit (the team interviewed with five others -- the most of any position), which all but guarantees that one will be selected within the first few rounds. Part 15 in a (now) 17 part series covering an EXCLUSIVE list of draft prospects that Detroit has visited with at Allen Park. In-depth bio, analysis and more on Joseph.

Roar Report has compiled an exclusive list of (currently 17) players that the Detroit Lions have privately worked out and/or had visit the Allen Park facility.

Between now and the draft, we will provide overviews of all players that have gotten an additional investment of time from the Lions scouting staff.
 

DRAFT TARGET DATA SHEET
(15 OF 17)
NAME Johnathan Joseph
POSITION Cornerback
COLLEGE South Carolina
HEIGHT 6'0"
WEIGHT 190
SCOUT.COM
POSITION RANK
#3 @ Cornerback
#30 Overall
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RATING
INTERACTION Visited Allen Park
OTHER TEAMS
INTERESTED
Carolina
Cincinnati
Dallas
Kansas City
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Tampa Bay

Full Name: Johnathan Joseph School: South Carolina Pos: CB

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 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.

Lions Interest: Joseph wasn't the only cornerback to be entertained by Detroit (the team interviewed with five others -- the most of any position), which all but guarantees that one will be selected within the first few rounds. The question is, when? While many teams send up smokescreens to disguise their draft day plans, Detroit's fluent interest in that many top tier cornerbacks, but their obvious needs elsewhere, feeds speculation that the team might trade up to achieve several selections in the first two rounds. Joseph, like Jennings, Hill, Cromartie and others, can start instantly but isn't worthy of the No. 9 overall pick and likely won't be around at No. 40.


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