The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Kelvin Joseph 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Kelvin Joseph Background
Size: 6-foot, 197 pounds
Class: Redshirt Sophomore
2020 stats: 25 total tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 pass defended, 1 touchdown
Joseph played at two SEC schools in his college career, as he took a unique path. He has now declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Out of high school, Joseph was one of the top defensive back recruits in the country and chose to stay right in Baton Rouge and play for LSU. As a freshman at LSU, Joseph saw playing time as he registered 12 tackles and one pass defended. After being suspended for the bowl game as a freshman, Joseph decided to transfer to Kentucky. He sat out the 2019 season as a transfer, but returned to the field in 2020. Joseph had 25 total tackles, four interceptions and one pass defended in 2020 for the Wildcats. Kentucky finished the year 5-6, but they won the Gator Bowl over NC State behind Joseph’s play.
Following a short college career, Joseph is heading to the next level. He is currently projected to be a first to third round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
At 6-foot and 197 pounds, Joseph has the size for an outside man to man corner in the NFL. He has the size to match up with receivers on the outside, but he also has good length, which helps him as well. His arms measure in at 31.875-inches, which helps him in press and to combat catches.
Although he didn’t have the most passes defended, Joseph displayed good ball skills. He attacks the catch point well with his athleticism and length. Joseph showed the ability to force turnovers, as he hauled in four interceptions in 2020.
He is more than willing to help out against the run. Joseph flies to the football and looks to make a hit on the ball carrier. He will drive ball carriers to the ground. Although he could shed blocks better, he has a good mentality and physicality against the run.
Teams will need to look into reported character concerns from Joseph. He was suspended for a violation of team rules, so teams need to dig to find out why that might be. The suspension ultimately led to a lack of experience, as he had to sit out the 2019 season to transfer and now he has just one year as a starter under his belt.
Joseph draws way too many penalties, which hurt his team. He can get a little grabby down the field, which may be called for pass interference at the next level. The real problem is that he has too many personal fouls. These are completely avoidable and need to be stopped.
His awareness can also be improved in several areas. Joseph needs to recognize how an offense is attacking him sooner and he has to understand route concepts better. With more reps, he should get better at understanding and awareness.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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