2017 NFL Draft

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Linval Joseph

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 328 | College: East Carolina
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Joseph's name was not expected to be on the league's final list of 53 underclassmen declaring for the draft, but NFL teams are likely to be happy it was. The former Florida state weightlifting champion and all-state football star decided to leave the Pirates, at least partially due to head coach Skip Holtz leaving ECU for Tampa to take over at South Florida.

The first-team All-Conference USA performer (60 tackles, 22 solo, 13 for loss, three sacks) combines strength and an ability to pressure the quarterback very rarely found in someone his size. He was an immediate contributor for ECU, making 40 tackles, 8.5 for loss, with four starts in 13 games as a freshman. Joseph then earned honorable mention all-conference honors with 43 tackles, eight for loss, and 2.5 sacks.

Joseph's potential is intriguing, but there are questions about his functional strength and stamina, which could limit his value to some teams. Others might end up drafting him higher than his ability warrants because of a pressing need at the position.


Pass rush: Looks like a nose tackle but plays like a three-technique, penetrating and getting consistent pressure when fresh. Good closing speed for his size, swallows up quarterbacks that lack great elusiveness. Straight-ahead runner, however with limited lateral quickness, will not break down to change direction in the backfield.

Run defense: Adequate anchoring against double-team blocking due to thick legs and a wide upper body and will move to the ballcarrier after he's through the line. Can be moved and doesn't rip off blocks to stop the play before it starts. Willing to chase down the line and downfield between the tackles if he sees the ball in his area. Susceptible to the cut block. Not strong enough to arm tackle backs in the hole.

Explosion: Surprising quickness off of the snap for his size, gets into his gap in a hurry when fresh. Does not deliver much pop to his opponent with his hands on initial contact, however, relying on athleticism to get the job done.

Strength: Does not play as strong as you would think because he plays high and does not consistently use his hands to disengage. Does not reset his hands, get leverage by getting his hands under pads, or attempt to churn his legs after contact to push his man into the backfield.

Tackling: Length and wide body allows him to engulf players in his path. Gives effort to chase, can be effective when well rested. Gets a lot of assisted tackles because of his hustle. Does not sink his hips when approaching the ball, however, and is easily eluded by quicker players in space.

Intangibles: Part of a rotation inside, possibly due to stamina issues. Looks to be winded when playing two consecutive series. Dropped 70 pounds after his freshman season (came to EUC at more than 370 pounds) due to a back injury, regained 20 before 2008 season.

2009 Season

The Santa Fe (Fla.) High School product was a two-time All-Conference USA performer who recorded 60 tackles this year - a team-high 13.0 of those coming behind the line of scrimmage for lost yardage. He was credited with five or more stops on six occasions and was the unit's co-leader with 14 quarterback hurries, tallying a combined six in division and conference championship-clinching wins vs. Southern Miss and Houston. In 41 career games, Joseph booked a total of 143 tackles, 29.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks. The NFL Draft will start in primetime for the first time in 2010.

2008 Season

Was among East Carolina top 10 tacklers as a sophomore, finishing with a total of 43 stops - eight of those coming behind the line of scrimmage for lost yardage (-34) … Played in all 14 games and opened the last nine consecutive contests on the inside of the Pirates' defensive front … Enjoyed a career-high nine-tackle performance against Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship Game, which also included a forced fumble and a batted pass … Dropped Golden Hurricane quarterback David Johnson behind the line on a rush (-3 yards) where he forced his first career fumble on a third-and-five play in the third quarter … Followed with seven stops against Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, a career-best three resulting in lost yardage (-15) … In all, tallied 2.5 sacks (1.0 vs. UCF, 0.5 vs. UTEP, 1.0 vs. Kentucky), one forced fumble, one batted pass and one quarterback hurry (N.C. State) … Credited with a pair of blocked extra-point attempts against Wildcats during bowl action in Memphis … Posted six or more stops in three of the last four games.

A honorable mention All-Conference USA selection by league coaches … Helped defensive unit hold three opponents to under 100 rushing yards (Tulane/76, UCF/82, UTEP/57) and two opponents to less than 100 passing yards (West Virginia/72, Memphis/82), while forcing a total of 33 turnovers (No. 7 national rank) … Opened season as a preseason All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele Magazine, despite missing much of fall camp due to a back injury - which was primarily responsible for the aforementioned loss of 70 pounds after the 2007 campaign … Made first start of '08 against Virginia (Oct. 11) and never left lineup for the remainder of the year.

2007 Season

A true freshman who played in all 13 games with four starts … Named to the 2007 Conference USA All- Freshman Team by media and coaches … Notched first career start against No. 5 West Virginia, finishing with four total tackles … Recorded 40 overall total tackles (13 solo, 27 assists) … His 8.5 TFLs (-23 yards) ranked fourth on the squad … First career sack (half) came against USM for a 3-yard loss … Also credited with a half sack against Marshall (-4 yards) … Ranked fourth on the team with five QBHs … Recovered lone fumble against USM … Collected a career-high eight tackles (three solo, three assists) against Marshall … Part of a defensive front that held four opponents to 80 rushing yards or less (VT/33, UNC/79, NCSU/49, Memphis 77) … Recorded at least four tackles in five games … vs. Va. Tech (9/1): Saw extensive action in a reserve role during collegiate debut … Did not record any statistics … vs. UNC (9/8): Collected two total tackles (both assisted) … Credited with one QBH and a half TFL (-1 yard) … vs. USM (9/15): Notched a then career-high six total stops (four solo, two assists) … Recorded first career sack (-3 yards) … Credited with 1.5 TFLs (-6 yards) … Had three QBHs and recovered one fumble … vs. WVU (9/22): Recorded first collegiate start … Finished the game with four total tackles (solo, three assists) … vs. Houston (9/29): Picked up second consecutive start at one of the defensive tackle positions … Recorded two total stops (both assisted) … Credited with a half TFL (-1 yard) … vs. UCF (10/6): Started third consecutive game … Notched four total tackles (all assists) … vs. UTEP (10/13): Tallied just one tackle (solo) … vs. NC State (10/20): Booked three stops (two solo, assist) … Credited with two TFLs (-5 yards) … Had one QBH … vs. UAB (10/27): Tallied two tackles (solo, assist) in a reserve role … Credited with one TFL (-2 yards) … vs. Memphis (11/3): Credited with one tackle (assist) in a reserve role … Key member of defensive unit that held the Tigers to 77 rushing yards (third fewest this season) … vs. Marshall (11/10): Recorded a career-high eight tackles (three solo, five assists) … Combined on a half sack with Fred Wilson (-4 yards) … Also had 1.5 TFLs (-5 yards) … vs. Tulane (11/24): Tallied six total stops (solo, five assists) … Tied for second on the team with 1.5 TFLs ( 3 yards) … Recovered second fumble of the season … vs. Boise State (12/23): Recorded one tackle (assist) in a reserve role … Member of defensive unit that held the Broncos to 98 rushing yards.

High School

A four-year letterman for the Raiders … A two-time all-state selection (Class AAA) as a junior and senior for prep coach Scott Pritchett … An all-region choice who additionally earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com … Rated as the No. 44 tackle nationally according to Rivals.com … Considered among the region's top prospects and among the top 500 overall prospects in the country (deemed to have pro potential and ability to make an impact on a college team) … Ranked as the 59th top recruit out of Florida … Featured in the 2007 Rivals.com Recruiting Yearbook … Rated No. 76 in Florida by SuperPrep Magazine … Timed at 5.0 in the 40-yard dash … Recorded lifts of 415 (bench press) and 560 (squat) … In all, earned a total of 10 varsity letters (three each in track and weight lifting) … Captured the Florida State Weightlifting Championship as a junior with a 415-pound bench press and a 320-pound clean jerk … Also advanced to the state finals and competed in the shot put and discus events.


Full name is Linval Clement Joseph … Born October 10, 1988 at Christiansted, Virgin Islands … Son of Ernestine Johnson … Plans to major in building construction with a possible minor in biology … Nickname is June.


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