The Oakland Raiders selected Karl Joseph with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft

The Oakland Raiders selected Karl Joseph with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft

The Oakland Raiders entered Thursday's first round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 14th overall pick and may have been looking to trade, but that quickly changed after a wild first round.

The draft saw a total of four trades in the top 10, and a couple of players falling in linebacker Myles Jack and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who was once considered the best prospect in this year's class.

Instead, the Raiders elected to stand pat and ultimately select safety Karl Joseph with the 14th overall pick. 

http://www.scout.com/player/151801-karl-joseph?s=&year=2016

The Raiders needed to draft a safety after future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson decided to hang up the cleats and retire. 

Joseph is a little undersized at 5-foot-10, 205 pounds but is a fiercely competitive player that is versatile enough to play up in the box, or also play in man coverage. Joseph is similar to safety Earl Thomas, the safety that played under current Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. when he was in Seattle. 

Some teams may have been worried about him medically after he tore his ACL after week four of last season. Apparently the Raiders believe he is healthy and ready to play. 

Joseph has the potential to be an early starter for the Raiders, and could be a big-impact player in the back end of the secondary. 


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