The Oakland Raiders got their guy in safety Karl Joseph, selecting him 14th overall out of West Virginia.
Joseph is coming to a Raiders team who just saw future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson hang up the cleats after a Pro Bowl season. While Joseph admits he's not completely filled in on the rich history of safeties for the Raiders, he knows that Woodson is a tough act to follow.
"They had a great one that just retired, and he was one of my favorites," Joseph said over the phone from his birth-country of Haiti. "It’s going to be big shoes to fill, but I’m not looking to do that. He’s obviously a Future Hall of Famer, and I’m just looking to be the best ‘Karl’ I can be."
Joseph elected against attending the draft, and instead went and spent some time with his family in Haiti.
"Everyone dreams of walking across the stage, but I wanted to do something more," Joseph said. "I wanted to come out here with my family [in Haiti]."
The night made for an emotional night for the 22-year-old safety and his family.
"They’re happy man. i can’t really explain it," Joseph said when describing the feeling. "I almost cried, it almost came out but I tried to stay strong."
Joseph told Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders that he was prepared to come out to Oakland and get to work right away, but instead the Raiders told him to spend a couple of more days in Haiti and enjoy the moment with his family.
The former Mountaineer is recovering from a knee injury in which he tore his right ACL in week four of last season, though he says that won't slow him down.
"Right now I plan on being ready by training camp," Joseph said. "The knee feels good, so I can’t wait to get to Oakland and get to work."
And when he does hit the field in Alameda with his teammates, Raider Nation can expect a lot of passion from the young player.
"I’m a dog. I’m sure all the coaching staff will tell you that. I play with intensity, and I play with a chip on my shoulder," Joseph said. "I don’t think there’s anybody else in the draft that plays with more passion than me."
The young safety isn't short on confidence, something the Raiders clearly liked when talking with him at the NFL Combine and West Virginia's Pro Day.
"I feel like I can do it all," Joseph said. "I feel like I’m definitely the most versatile player in this draft."
Joseph is just ready to prove the Raiders made the right choice by selecting him 14th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.
"I promise that they won’t regret this pick," Joseph said. "I’m going to show why they picked me with their number one pick."