NFL Draft: Film review of West Virginia S Karl Joseph

Breaking Burgundy Analyst Paul Conner shares his scouting notes on West Virginia Safety Karl Joseph

Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process. 

Karl Joseph

Position: Safety

College: West Virginia

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 197

(Analysis of games vs. Texas, Alabama, Maryland and Georgia Southern)

Positives: Karl Joseph is aggressive and borderline destructive. Simply put: He's a missle. He does everything at 110mph and has a nose for contact. Joseph shows very little hesitation when crashing down on ball carriers with a no fear attitude that has him de-cleating players he has no business de-cleating. He plays bigger than he is listed. He hits people with such a force you have a hard time believing he's only hovering around 200 lbs. He played down in the box and as a single high safety. He does both well. Joseph has good hips and was able to mirror players in man coverage. Joseph is also an absolute hunter on special teams.

Concerns: Joseph is coming off a serious season-ending knee injury. Because Joseph goes 110mph, if there is a big enough gap he can be juked by ball-carriers. He doesn't slow down to break down and reduce to the ball. Again, because of aggressiveness, Joseph can also bite on play-action and get his feet tangled up on certain routes. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

If drafted by Redskins: The Redskins could certainly use Joseph's attitude on defense. His nose for contact reminds me of Bashaud Breeland when he first earned reps playing in the box/from the slot cornerback position. His ability to play in the box and up high would also help in the Redskins scheme. Pairing Joseph with Kyshoen Jarrett would give the Redskins a young safety tandem for the future.

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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr

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