Here are five things about Florida linebacker Vosean Joseph, picked by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round.
1 The pronunciation. His first name is pronounced vuh-SHAWN.
2 Top tackler. Totaled 161 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, eight pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during his career at Florida. He was the Gators' leading tackler last season with 93 (ninth in the Southeastern Conference), including nine for loss. That included 14 tackles and 3.5 for loss in Florida's upset against No. 5 LSU. "Joseph is a great athlete with huge potential. He has some of the most fun tape to watch of any linebacker in the draft," Bleacher Report's Matt Miller says.
3 Pre-draft workouts. A hamstring injury limited some of Joseph's workouts. He did make a pre-draft visit to the Bills. He did not take part in the drills at the scouting combine and took part in the 20-yard shuttle and the position drills at his Pro Day. He did not run the 40-yard dash. "Whoever wanna draft Vosean Joseph, just draft him and you gonna get a dog,” he told reporters at Pro Day. “That's how I see it."
4 According to PFF. Analytics website Pro Football Focus had Joseph ranked at No. 100 on their big board, meaning he might be undervalued as the No. 147 selection. He was listed with a 79.5 pass rush grade, which is 19th in the class, and considered No. 6 among weakside linebackers. Via Walter Football, "Joseph is a very instinctive linebacker who can blitz well. There are some concerns with his ability in coverage, but he could end up being a contributor in Buffalo's defense at some point."
5 Quick scouting report. From Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network: "Joseph is a narrow, underweight linebacker with excellent athleticism and outstanding closing burst but a maddening amount of negative tape. Inconsistency will follow him until he shows that discipline and control matter in his play. How teams weigh the inconsistent tape against the speed and potential could cause for wide variances in his draft grade among teams. Joseph's lack of instincts and field awareness may never leave, but a move to WILL linebacker should help as should his coverage/blitz potential on third downs."