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Road to the NFL Draft: Karl Joseph

Position: Safety.

School: West Virginia.

Measurables: 5-foot-10, 205 pounds.

Combine stats: Did not participate.

Career stats: 41 games, 274 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 9 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries, 3 forced fumbles.

Draft projection: Second round.

Lowdown: Joseph is one of the biggest hitters in this year’s class, but is coming off a non-contact knee injury suffered in practice that ended his senior season after only four games. He was on the way to a monster season before getting hurt, with five interceptions. The injury prevented Joseph from working out at the NFL Scouting Combine. … Was a first-team All-Big 12 selection after his junior year, in which he had 92 tackles, one interception and three forced fumbles. Also made all-conference honorable mention in his first two seasons. … Has the speed to play in coverage and the strength to defend the run. A team captain, Joseph has gotten high marks from scouts for his leadership ability and play-making ability. … Medical evaluations will largely determine where he is drafted. Would likely be the first safety taken without injury concerns.

They said it: “Quite simply, Joseph is a heat-seeking missile versus the run and when the ball is in the air. He’s one of the more violent and efficient tacklers we’ve studied in the past five years at the safety position.” – ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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