MICHAEL JOSEPH

Dubuque
CB

Prospect Info

College
Dubuque
Hometown
Class
Oswego, IL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
187 lbs
30 1/4”
Hands
8 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.23
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
--
Seconds
 
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
--
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.89
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.2
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.98
Seconds
 
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Joseph was quite literally nobody in recruiting circles, not even being rated because he did not star as a player at Oswego High School in Illinois. He did not play as a true freshman in 2014, but all of a sudden coaches couldn't keep him off the field from then on. Joseph started all 11 games in 2015, earning first-team All-Iowa Conference honors with 42 tackles (two for loss), three interceptions, and four pass breakups. He repeated those accolades as a junior, leading the Spartans with four picks (one returned for a score) to go along with 68 tackles, four for loss, and eight pass breakups. Iowa Conference coaches named him the Defensive Player of the Year, as well as first-team all-conference for the third straight season after a successful senior campaign. He finished tied for fifth in Division III with eight interceptions, also compiling 56 stops and eight pass breakups.<br><br> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/labs/cfb247/michael-joseph/michael-joseph.html" target="_blank">From high school bench-warmer to nation's top small-school defender</a>
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
It's easy to love Joseph's combination of size, speed and interceptions, but his transition from Division III to the NFL will likely have its fair share of bumps along the way. Joseph has been able to overwhelm the competition across from him with his length and athletic ability, but he's light by NFL standards and his man cover skills will need work before he's ready to handle NFL talent. Joseph has talent to work with, but he may have to learn from the sideline or even the practice squad early on.
Strengths
  • Has plus length and timed speed
  • Played boundary, field and slot corner spots
  • Experienced in a variety of coverages and techniques
  • Backpedal is smooth and keeps pace with early phase of route
  • Hips are fluid in transitions
  • Accelerates to top speed quickly
  • Instinctive and responsive from off-coverage
  • More than willing to stray from his area when he smells an opportunity
  • Communicative in zone coverage
  • Has twitch and burst to close on throws
  • Possesses soft hands and the ball skills of a receiver
  • Very good at tracking ball flight and setting himself up to high point the interception over receivers
  • Has 15 interceptions over the last three years
  • Willing tackler
Weaknesses
  • Level of competition didn't offer substantial challenges
  • Will need time to iron out technique issues from press
  • Lacks patience to wait out release fakes
  • Seems too comfortable with getting turned around off the release
  • Gives up early separation and is forced into recover mode early on
  • Needs to play with better balance
  • Will get grabby at the top of routes
  • Plays too upright in space limiting change of direction quickness
  • Gives up early separation out of breaks
  • Picks and chooses when to be a hitter
  • Doesn't carry enough pop to jar catches loose
Sources Tell Us

"He can run and he can go get the ball. He's raw, but he has the talent you want from a cornerback. Why would you want a technician who can't play the ball? He (Joseph) can be coached up." -- AFC Personnel Director

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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