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Karl Joseph, SS

School: West Virginia  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Orlando, FL
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 196 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

Joseph tends to be an ankle biter at times and has room to clean up his tackling technique, but he is a more than willing run defender with the drive quickness to attack downhill. He will take some unnecessary steps in coverage and needs to clean up his footwork, but is quick to recover and shows loose movements.

Joseph's anticipation and instincts are still in the development phase, but he has shown improved eye use to make quick decisions and stay true to his aggressive nature.

He has started all 25 games at free safety since arriving in Morgantown and is still far from hitting his football ceiling, making his NFL potential an intriguing storyline moving forward.

--Dane Brugler (6/12/14)

Player Overview

The Mountaineers' defense was a sieve in 2013, but Joseph was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise disappointing unit. He finished last season with 68 tackles, displaying rangy play speed with the ability to make stops at every level of the field.
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01/05/2015 - West Virginia All-Big 12 DB Karl Joseph returning for senior year...West Virginia appears to be well-stocked with experience on defense heading into 2015, especially with the reported return of safety Karl Joseph for his senior season. Joseph was an All-Big 12 selection in 2014 at safety, his first year at the position after playing cornerback his first two seasons in Morgantown. The hard-hitting junior finished second on the team in tackles (92), with 4.5 tackles for loss an interception and three forced fumbles.

According to the Charleston Daily Mail, Joseph sent paperwork to the NFL Draft advisory board but has informed the team that he plans to return for one more year. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft is Jan. 15. West Virginia's defense will lose defensive end Shaq Riddick and linebacker Wes Tonkery, but should have the rest of the starting lineup back for next season. Statistically, WVU ranked near the middle of the Big 12 for total defense (399.4 yards per game, 5.43 yards per play) but those numbers were lower than 2012 and 2013, seasons when the Mountaineers defense was doing more harm than good at times. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com



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