Round 3, Pick 73
Like Layne and Little before him, Joseph shouldn’t start immediately for the Arizona Cardinals. If the Florida product were to be drafted by the Cardinals he would have the opportunity to develop an already impressive game.
Joseph has a lean build with the athleticism to be a rangy sideline to sideline type WILL linebacker. He did just that during his time in Gainesville, Florida. During three years of play, and two years as a starter, he tallied 147 total tackles, 4.0 sacks, and an interception. Per Pro Football Focus he also accumulated 76 run-stops, five quarterback hits, and five hurries.
Here is what draft expert Gavino Borquez had to say about the talented linebacker;
"Joseph competes with a quick trigger and shows off his impressive blend of athleticism and range. He plays with lateral mobility, speed and pop and is routinely in the vicinity of the play. While athletic and displays great movement skills, his disorganized break down skills dent his ability in the run game, and lacks awareness as a coverage defender."
All in all, Joseph has the potential to be a nice replacement to either Jordan Hicks or Haason Reddick in the future or rotational linebacker. But, like most third-round prospects, there is a want for his game to be more refined. However, his tenacious style of play and functional athleticism get my nod as a solid complement to a much improved Cardinals defense.