Kendall Joseph

Clemson
LB
LB27

Prospect Info

College
Clemson
Hometown
Class
Belton, SC
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
233 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

4.97
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
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The son of a Haitian immigrant has flourished for the Tigers since their 2016 national championship season. He started all 15 games for Clemson, tied for the team lead with 13.5 tackles for loss (including 2.5 against Alabama in the title game) among his 124 total stops. Joseph was named Clemson's Most Improved Player on Defense that year, as he only played in seven games as a redshirt freshman the previous season (11 tackles). As a junior, hegarnered third-team All-ACC honors despite missing time with a knee injury (87 tackles, five for loss in 11 games, nine starts). He was the team's Co-Defensive Player of the Game in the national title loss to Alabama, making seven tackles (one for loss) and forcing a fumble. Joseph was a steady performer on the weak side again in 2018, receiving a third-team All-ACC nod with 84 tackles, five for loss, four sacks in 14 starts in the Tigers’ national title run.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Productive inside linebacker who benefited from playing on a loaded defensive front. Joseph doesn't possess a well-built frame as an inside linebacker and doesn't have the desired speed of a 4-3 outside linebacker. While he displays good instincts and awareness in coverage, he might not check enough of the physical and athletic boxes to make a 53-man roster out of the gate.
Strengths
  • Three-year starter on elite defensive unit
  • Reliable and productive
  • Plays with anticipation to get off the mark quickly
  • Recognizes blocking scheme and will squeeze into downhill fits
  • Bends to slip under second-level blockers
  • Has ability to elude debris in his path when flowing to the ball
  • Pursues with backside integrity
  • Times up snap as run blitzer
  • Makes early reads of quarterback's eyes and sinks into passing lanes
Weaknesses
  • Bulky hips on smooth frame
  • Doesn't run well like an NFL linebacker
  • No closing burst in sideline-to-sideline pursuit
  • Sloppy mover in space with a lack of controlled footwork
  • Lacks athletic ability and short-area quickness
  • Feet get heavy in change of direction
  • Gets washed out of position
  • Doesn't use hands effectively to keep himself clean

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league