Vosean Joseph

Florida
LB

Prospect Info

College
Florida
Hometown
Class
Miami, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
230 lbs
31 3/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.50
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Buffalo
Bills
Round 5 ‧ Pick 9
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Joseph grew up in Miami, and starred at Norland High, where he earned first-team all-state honors as a senior. He wanted to get away from the violence he encountered in southern Florida, though, and Gainesville seemed to be a good fit. Florida coaches got his athleticism on the field right away, primarily on special teams units but also starting once in 13 appearances (13 tackles, one for loss, one pass breakup). Joseph started 10 of 11 games played as a sophomore, racking up 55 tackles, four for loss, and one interception. He started 11 of 13 games in 2018, allowing him to lead the Gators with 93 tackles, nine for loss, four sacks, and five pass breakups. Joseph sat out the opening series of the team's first game after coaches said he "failed to meet the Gator standard."
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
Overview
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.
Strengths
  • Awkward but explosive and athletic
  • Diversity of production stands out
  • Downhill trigger is powered by impressive twitch
  • Possesses initial quickness to race past climbing blocks
  • Changes direction with immediate stick-and-go
  • Outstanding range comes equipped with a mega-burst to close
  • Plays with desired level of aggression
  • Flies in to meet iso-blocks in backfield if he reads it early
  • Energetic and disruptive when knifing into gaps
  • Able to disappear and reappear around blocks in tight spaces
  • Flashes ability to become impact blitzer
  • Athletic traits to become more consistent in coverage
  • Instincts and mental errors can be mitigated by move to WILL
Weaknesses
  • Linear, narrow frame is thin through hips and lower body
  • Multiple corrections by teammates when misaligned
  • Upright, freestyling initial movements
  • Instincts are below average
  • Loses track of the football at mesh-point
  • Lack of body control and base get him pushed around
  • Sees the field through a straw
  • Inefficient paths to the ball and busts his fits
  • Runs himself into blocks on flows to sideline
  • Technique and balance need correcting as tackler
  • Needs more squeeze against his man cover targets
  • Execution in coverage doesn't match his traits
Sources Tell Us

"His tape has no middle ground, it's either really impressive or really ugly. Now go look at his production this year and you realize you can coach some ugly out of his play. He's a '5' right now but we can turn him into a '9.'" - AFC defensive coach

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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