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Linval Joseph (DT)
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Selected by: New York Giants
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 14 (46)
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Pick Analysis: The Giants add a mammoth interior defender in Linval Joseph. The former East Carolina standout is a classic nose tackle with the strength and power to hold the point against single or double teams. Given the Giants' defensive woes last season, Joseph's presence in the middle should stop some of the leakage that plagued the unit.

Overview

Joseph is a big body who could line up at nose tackle in a 3-4 front or interior defender in a 4-3 scheme. He is somewhat one dimensional as a run defender. He flashes ability to anchor well when he keeps his pads down but can be very inconsistent in this area. He has strong arms and hands to control blockers but can be slow to shed to the pile. He has decent quickness between the tackles but lacks range outside the box. He flashes power to collapse the pocket as a bull rusher but needs to expand his pass-rush package to become more effective in this area. Joseph has enough size and strength to push for a starting role along the defensive line, but weight and durability concerns likely will affect his draft status.


Strengths

Joseph has the size to play as a nose tackle in a 3-4 or defensive tackle in an even front. Possesses very good natural strength and power to control the middle against the run. Exhibits really active hands necessary to keep blockers off his body.

Weaknesses

There are some weight concerns with Joseph. He also has dealt with a back injury, so durability is another flag. Must become more consistent with his pad level to improve his production level. Overall technique needs some polish, especially while rushing the passer.

Grade

7.8

 
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