Draft Scouting Report

Rating: 84.68 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jesse Bates III

Strengths:

Anticipation skills from deep safety position are through the roof -- he'll break on the ball like a cornerback and is a downhill missile in the run game, too. Plays primarily deep centerfield, but when he lines up in the box he's consistently in the backfield. Covers a ton of ground coming from the heavens -- he'll get downhill quickly on end arounds, and consistently be in position to limit big plays. Against the pass, he's rangy, shows off deep speed, and covers a lot of ground in the deep half of the field on long-developing routes.

Weaknesses:

Didn't run at the combine or his pro day, so we don't have an official 40 time for him. That said, he plays plenty fast. Occasionally whiffs on arm tackles in space and can sometimes get pushed around near the line of scrimmage when providing run support.

Accolades:

  • 2021: Only player in FBS with five-plus interceptions and three-plus fumble recoveries
  • 2021 All-Big Ten first team (media)
Next Game
TBA
vs Wyoming Cowboys (7-6)
  • Memorial Stadium

Big Ten West Standings

Team Conf Overall
7-2 10-4
6-3 9-4
6-3 9-4
6-3 9-4
4-5 5-7
1-8 3-9
1-8 3-9

Top Kerby Joseph News

  • Lions' Kerby Joseph: Candidate for starting role

    Joseph (hamstring) could immediately push DeShon Elliott for a starting position at safety, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    At minimum, Joseph is expected to carve out a role on special teams, but the Lions are also looking for someone to replace Will Harris at the safety spot next to Tracy Walker. Not only does Elliott's contract position him as modest competition for that role, but the 2018 sixth-round pick has missed at least 10 games in two of the past three seasons. Joseph, on the other hand, was handpicked in the third round by Detroit's current front office and he should soon be recovered from a minor hamstring injury. Even if he doesn't open the season in the starting lineup, Joseph seems penciled in as the future of the position in Detroit, and he should be a significant part of the rotation regardless.

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  • Lions' Kerby Joseph: Motor City bound

    The Lions selected Joseph (hamstring) in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 97th overall.

    The Illinois product showed ball-hawking ability in his final season with the Illini, when he moved into a starting role and picked off five passes. Joseph suffered a hamstring injury at the combine that prevented him from running, but he did put down a 38.5-inch vertical and a 123-inch broad jump. He adds depth to Detroit's safety room and could develop into a starter down the road.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Orlando, FL