Karl Joseph

SS WVU

5-9.7, 207, 32.1" Arms, 19 Reps,

Not Just A Car Crash Safety.

By TOM

Joseph is a super team first guy that all coaches will love. "Dana [the HC of WVU] and that staff absolutely love him," a Pro Personal guy said. "He's a weapon because he can do just about anything you ask him to do which is different than most of the safeties in this draft who have limits. If he gets clean medicals before the draft I think he goes second day." He is a great leader and team Captain, who play on almost every special teams unit as well.

He was unable to work out at the Combine or his Proday, but he says he will be ready for Training Camp. "I'm on schedule," Joseph said. "I think I'm ahead of schedule right now. Dr. Andrews said I'm ahead of schedule, and I look good. So I'll be ready by training camp." I think he drops a little further than expected because of his injury. 

Some guys, including myself, think he is could be a great one. "Karl Joseph to me is kind of a poor man's Earl Thomas," Jeremiah said. "You'll see somebody in a smaller package deliver a huge hit. He's got a lot of range on the back end and I think once he's fully healthy, he can establish himself as a starter early in his career." He is not just a car crash safety looking to smash into everything that moves. He has some ball skills as well.

In 2014 WVU ran a 3-3 as their base defense, and he lined up at ILB a lot. He does not get off blocks inside well. Then on the next play he'd be in cover One, and on the next two plays he's in Cover Two. He has a ton of versatility. He lines up as the OLB lot, and will blitz occasionally, and he can hit the QB. He is going to be less of a cover guy in the NFL, but he was not terrible in man and Zone in college. I am not saying he is a great cover guy. He is a Safety who can step into the Slot and cover the fourth WR so teams can stay in their Nickel defense. He had a great season in 2014:

2014 (Jr.): 2014 WVU Team Captain. All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection by coaches and ESPN.com. All-Big 12 Conference Second Team selection by Phil Steele and The Associated Press. Started all 13 games. WVU’s second-leading tackler with 92 tackles, including 62 solo stops, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and an interception. Used on 1,053 plays, including 947 defensive snaps, most of any player on defense. Season high 91 plays at Iowa State. Tied for No. 4 in the Big 12 in forced fumbles. Tied for No. 9 in the Big 12 in solo tackles. Tied for No. 16 in the Big 12 in total tackles. Holds school record for career forced fumbles. No. 13 on the WVU career solo tackles list (194). Finished with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops and assisted on a tackle for loss and forced a fumble against Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl. Had eight tackles, including four solo stops at Iowa State. Also had an interception and two pass breakups at ISU. Registered four tackles against Kansas State, including three solo stops, two tackles for loss and a PBU. Finished with four tackles at Texas; including three solo stops. Had six solo tackles and forced a fumble against TCU. Finished with a team-high eight tackles, including four solo stops at Oklahoma State. Had five solo tackles, including one for loss against Baylor. Registered seven solo stops at Texas Tech. Finished with a game-high 13 tackles against Oklahoma. Season-high 10 solo stops against the Sooners. Had a forced fumble against OU. Registered a career-high 18 total tackles and 11 assisted tackles against Alabama.

He started off the 2015 season looking like he was going to be great again: Joseph, who played in only four games in 2015, was having an outstanding year when he sustained a season-ending knee injury the first week of October. He was playing at an All-American level, leading the nation in interceptions (5), No. 23 in passes defended and No. 27 in fumbles recovered. He was No. 2 on the Mountaineer defense in tackles with 20, including 15 solo stops. He also had a sack, two tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery.

He was on his way to another All-American season when he got injured in October. "Karl Joseph is a young man who has given everything he has to our football program and University. Over the past four years and who elected to return to WVU for his senior season to earn his degree and to be a part of something special with this team," his HC Holgorsen said. "He exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer. Karl is an All-American, a fierce competitor, a leader and I know he will have a full recovery, and I can’t wait to watch him on Sundays next fall." You have to hope he has a full recovery, because he can be a great one if he does. 

So where he goes is really all about the medicals. Because even though he missed the second half of his senior season, he still had a stand out career at WVU: One of the greatest Mountaineers to ever wear the Gold and Blue, Joseph started all 42 games of his career and logged an incredible 3,388 plays, including 2,980 on defense. He produced 284 tackles, including 209 solo stops, 16.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, nine interceptions, 14 pass breakups, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Struggles consistently with double moves in the Slot. Jerk routes absolutely kill him. Nice technique on 4th WR. He does look like a big athlete when covering in the Slot. Understands his responsibilities in coverage, and has a nice feel when and where to double the Number One. Very good in coverage on the Goal line when he knows he can't get beat deep. Terrific run defender from the FS position. 

When he lines up in Cover Two and they run a screen, when the WR gets past the CBs and sees him coming, he dives into the dirt. You do not want to hit by this guy. He can knock big RBs like Perine straight back on their butts. He looks the most like an NFL Safety the few times a game they allow him to line up in Cover Two. He is a great run hitter coming down hill from Cover Two. 

Nice blitzer when lined up as the Will. He can run with the 4th down the sideline and blanket him completely. He will also dismiss the 4th WR in the slot in the run game, and make the tackle when the RB runs towards him. The on the next play they line him up in cover Two, and the other Safety moves forward, and the QB goes to the side his team mate abandoned right before the snap, and he never gets over there. 

WVU ran a wacky Defensive scheme, and he will be doing very little in the NFL what he did at WVU. He played a role similar to what Chung did for the Pats. Where the Pats would go Nickel, and Chung would be up as the 3rd or 4th linebacker. Joseph did that, but he also acted as the 3rd or 4th corner as well. Now in college the 3rd or 4th WR is a much different player than in the NFL. He will line up like an ILB like Chung as well. But struggles taking on the OG on the second level. He not very good at taking on big blockers in the box. 

He has nice long arms that are very effective jamming the Slot WR at the line, when he does it. He got an INT against OK covering the Slot WR. The WR cut off his pattern and he stayed in front of him, and when the QB threw he leaped up and snagged it. He is such a unique player. On the next play, he blitzed from the opposite side and sacked the QB. 

Nice COD, but the jerk route kills him. Lines over the top of trips, and picks up the inside WR when the Slot CB blitzes. Nice job turning with the Slot WR, and then following him down field. Nice job covering the Flag route from cover Two. Nice job shutting down the quick out by the slot guy. 

He keeps his eyes open, and understands where he is suppose to be when he Zones the flat. He does let the RB stay in to block or the QB rolling out to sucker him into abandoning his responsibilities. It's hard to tell sometimes, but he looks like one of the smartest defenders in this Draft. They line him up on the Seam and lot and have him zone the Flat. 

He is smart in coverage. He reads the play before the snap. He will switch off from the inside WR to the outside WR before the snap, and when he does the WR he switches too consistent stays in as a screen/dump off guy. It really is remarkable. 

He has to learn not to lead with the helmet. He lowers his head a little too much on big hits sometimes He will back off hitting the QB with his helmet. He comes off his man quickly when he turns and sees the QB throw underneath him, and goes and strikes the WR, but he still ducks his head too much. Fills the hole nicely when the blocker misses.

When he lines up on the Seam he has no trouble getting to that sideline in Cover Two. And when he arrives, the WR will remember that hit the rest of the game. When he times it right, he will consistently decleate the WR a split second after that ball arrives. He struggle with the routine plays, but he makes the splash plays all the time. He will struggle to get outside the numbers in cover One. He is a Cover Two safety, or a Box Safety. Struggles in coverage. Against Oklahoma, they picked on him all day. 

In man in the Slot, he lines up about five yard off, and covers the WR who run short. When one WR stays in on a Screen, he takes him. A little tight in the hips turning and running when he does jam. He needs to give a batter Jam, and slow the WR. With his size he could turn and run with a nice jam.

Carl Joseph Vs Maryland:

Here he is making a metal mistake in Cover Three (:01). Here he is filling the Hole in cover Two (:29). He looks like Chung here, as not quite an LB or a Safety (:35). Cover One, right down the middle of the field and not on the Seam. Oklahoma really abused him when he lined up in Cover One on the Seam (:44). Here he is as the high Safety doubling over the top (:51). He helps force the QB to take off, as he is all over that WR over the top. 

Cover Two. This is when he is usually at his best, when they don't shift the other safety up. He does at Shuffle step to angle over the middle a lot in coverage (1:14). In Off coverage on the Slot guy (1:23). He will get burned in Cover Two, when the other Safety moves up, and leaves him in Cover One with 3/4 quarters of the field open (1:30). You can see how he stays on the Seam on his size, and if the there is a WR on the other side, he can't get into position to help the Corner. 

Here he is as the last line of defense on 4th and 1. If the RB gets past him they are in big trouble. But watch how fast he reads this play. I think he is one of the smartest players in this Draft. He takes a great angle, covers a ton of space, and makes the tackle (1:39). Watch him come full speed at the WR and spin him down with a nice arm grab (1:51). When he has space, and sees it, he is a guided missile.

He really struggles to disengage from blockers when they are able to grab him. It is probably his biggest negative (2:00). Here he is in cover two. He reads it so fast, and charges up twenty yards in a flash, but then goes for the hit and not the tackle (2:09). Cover Two, which you would think he will be doing a lot in the NFL (2:26). It's not fancy or sexy, but how he plays over the top of coverage in Cover Two really says more about his potential than anything else. That is what he will mostly doing in the NFL. A Cover Two Team is mostly likely going to take him after watching his film. 

Here he is as the Sam, but he is sneaking over to the WR. He is a very aggressive. He is a very aggressive player who gets fooled by the play action and has to bail (2:34). Lined up as the OLB and protects the edge (2:45). Cover Two. Watch this play (2:52). It looks like he has the tight end going down the Seam (3:01). However, watch the speed through traffic as he goes almost all the way across the field to cover the RB sneaking out of the backfield. 

I love the way he blitzes (3:21). Doubling the WR over the top (3:36). It looks like he's doing it again. You can see some suddenness in his shoulders as he reads run, but then lets the WR get in front of him, and again he can't shed him, even after the play is long over (3:47). Cover Two. He always seems to play his best in Cover Two. Nice job there again (3:57). Coming out of Cover Two, and stepping up into the Box like Chung (4:05). You can see WVU plays that odd 3-3 Nickel as their base defense. He steps up into the box as the Sam. He is a very good run defender when he can just run to the ball. 

Here he is covering the Slot WR. The Slot WR sticks to him longer than he should. But he finally sheds him with a nice club and arm over move (4:01). Back at Slot corner. He gets a nice Jam in late (4:14). He is very smart in coverage, watch how he switches on the pick play (4:38). Nice Jam in coverage again (4:43). That would have been offensive pass interference on Gronk if he was playing against the Pats.

Here he is bailing out of the Slot into Cover Two. He shows some nice feet moving backwards (4:52). Besides Cover Two, zoning the flats are what he does best. Watch him take a step toward the outside WR, see the throw, and then attack the other WR. Nice play (5:01). Here he is very aggressively up on the LOS, like he is going to blitz. He actually does a nice job setting the edge there (5:15). Back in Cover two again (5:36). He shuffles at that angle as they shift coverage to the QBs right.

He will get over aggressive in short yardage. He has to redirect do to traffic, and can't reach the RB (5:59). Here he is in very deep Off against the Slot WR, and looks like he knew exactly what pattern they were running (6:24). Back in a very aggressive formation. He covers the RB out of the backfield. He runs with him all the way down the field and picks off the ball (6:32). He gets a little high in his pedal, but he can really move his feet going backwards. He walls off the WR, and then goes up and gets the ball to save the TD (6:55). I like him in coverage more than most. He is not just a car crash safety. He can play the ball in the air, and hit the receiver as the ball arrives.

The reason he will play in the NFL is because the thing he does best is Cover Two (7:01). This is a great look at him using his quick feet to stay in perfect position over the top. Then when he sees the QB throw the ball, he is moving forward so smoothly you can't see the transition (7:15). He attacks the ball in the air. But the TE makes a good play and held on (7:26). That is just what you want him to do in Cover Two. Sometimes you play it as perfectly as you can, and just miss the swipe on the ball.

Joseph Vs Maryland 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=906dW09TJb4

 

 

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Joseph's Official Bio:

2014 (Jr.)
2014 WVU Team Captain
All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection by coaches and ESPN.com
All-Big 12 Conference Second Team selection by Phil Steele and The Associated Press
Started all 13 games
WVU’s second-leading tackler with 92 tackles, including 62 solo stops, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and an interception
Used on 1,053 plays, including 947 defensive snaps, most of any player on defense
Season-high 91 plays at Iowa State
Tied for No. 4 in the Big 12 in forced fumbles
Tied for No. 9 in the Big 12 in solo tackles
Tied for No. 16 in the Big 12 in total tackles
Holds school record for career forced fumbles
No. 13 on the WVU career solo tackles list (194)
Finished with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops and assisted on a tackle for loss and forced a fumble against Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl
Had eight tackles, including four solo stops at Iowa State
Also had an interception and two pass breakups at ISU
Registered four tackles against Kansas State, including three solo stops, two tackles for loss and a PBU
Finished with four tackles at Texas; including three solo stops
Had six solo tackles and forced a fumble against TCU
Finished with a team-high eight tackles, including four solo stops at Oklahoma State
Had five solo tackles, including one for loss against Baylor
Registered seven solo stops at Texas Tech
Finished with a game-high 13 tackles against Oklahoma
Season-high 10 solo stops against the Sooners
Had a forced fumble against OU
Registered a career-high 18 total tackles and 11 assisted tackles against Alabama
2013 (So.)
All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention
Started all 12 games at free safety
Led the team with four fumble recoveries and was No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally
Third on the team with four pass breakups
Fourth on the team with 68 tackles
Finished with five or more tackles in seven games
Registered five or more solo tackles in six games
Third on the team in tackles (9) and recovered a fumble for a touchdown against Iowa State
Fourth on the team with six tackles vs. Texas and forced a fumble
Second on the team with nine tackles at TCU
Led the team with 12 tackles at Kansas State
Tied career highs in solo tackles (12), tackles for loss (2), forced fumbles (1) and fumble recoveries (1) at Kansas State
Three solo tackles at Baylor and recovered a fumble for a touchdown
Made a career-high two pass breakups vs. Oklahoma State
Led the Mountaineers with nine tackles vs. Maryland
Recovered a fumble vs. Georgia State
Had his third career interception at Oklahoma
2012 (Fr.)
WVU Defensive Player of the Year
Freshman All-America (collegefootballnews.com, FoxSports.com, Phil Steele)
All-Big 12 Conference Honorable-Mention Team (AP)
Started all 13 games at free safety
First true freshman to start at safety since Robert Sands (2008)
Tied nationally for No. 14 in solo tackles, No. 59 in forced fumbles and No. 85 in total tackles
Tied for fifth in the Big 12 in total tackles and fifth in forced fumbles
Led WVU in solo tackles (76) and in total tackles (104) and tied for the team lead in forced fumbles (3) and interceptions (2); also was second in pass breakups (6) and third in tackles for loss (7)
Recovered a fumble in the end zone that was forced by Darwin Cook to help seal the victory at Iowa State
At Iowa State, set or tied career highs in total tackles (13), solo stops (12), tackles for loss (1) and fumbles recovered (1)
Against Oklahoma, had 10 total tackles and one tackle for loss
Had nine tackles, including eight solo stops vs. TCU, while also recording onetackle for loss and forcing a fumble
At Texas Tech, had nine solo tackles, first interception of his career and one pass breakup
Forced first fumble of his career and notched eight total tackles, six solo stops and one pass breakup at Texas
Against Maryland, established a career high with one sack and had 1.5 tackles for loss; also collected seven total tackles and five solo stops
Tied a game high with two tackles for loss against Marshall; also collected seven total tackles, including five solo stops

 

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