Draft Season At Vikings Territory: S Karl Joseph Scouting Report

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Karl Joseph | S, West Virginia

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Height – 5’10”
Weight – 201 lbs.
Age – Unknown

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At First Glance

2015 All-Big 12 Football Awards Honorable Mention


Projected Round:

2nd Round – 7th Round (Injury Concerns)

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Big time hitter. Joseph absolutely destroys ball carriers and packs a major wallop for someone his size.

Very productive college career. Joseph finished with 284 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, 8 forced fumbles and nine interceptions.

Leader on the field. Joseph is a fiery leader on the field, both vocally and through his play.

Quick to react. Joseph finds the ball and then flies to it. He has the speed to cover a lot of ground quickly.

Strong run defender. Joseph craves contact and loves making plays against the run.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


Undersized. Joseph is only 5’10” and will be much shorter than many wide receivers and tight ends he will be asked to cover in the NFL.

Returning from a knee injury. Joseph blew out his knee in October and is currently rehabbing it. Medical checks will be key to Joseph’s draft stock.

Too violent of a hitter? Team’s may be concerned that Joseph may be a magnet for flags in the NFL with the violent way he hits.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1457508640626{padding-top: 15px !important;background-color: #dbdbdb !important;}”]

NFL Player Comparison:

Antoine Bethea, San Francisco 49ers


The Vikings Slant

Vikings fit? Yes

The Vikings are definitely in the safety market. There’s been a revolving door next to Harrison Smith and head coach Mike Zimmer has made it clear he wants to find a long term solution at the position. Joseph is a big-hitting safety that would appear to be a good fit. Where he comes off the board will be the question.

Talent-wise, Joseph is a day 2 pick.  He’s quick, instinctive, and one of the biggest hitters in the draft. The downside is he’s short, and coming off a major knee injury. The medical reports on the health of his knee will be key. If the Vikings doctors look him over and give him the “okay”, then he could hear his name called on the second day of the draft. If they find some issues there, he could be taken off the board all together. It’s not uncommon to see a guy with an injury like this fall on draft day. If this happens to Joseph and he is still on the board late, he would be well worth a flier for the Vikings.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Draft Season Logo[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]