Raiders select S Karl Joseph with No. 14 pick in 2016 NFL draft

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Friday April 29th, 2016

With the No. 14 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select West Virginia safety Karl Joseph.


GM Reggie McKenzie has helped put the Raiders back on track, but this is an interesting pick for a team in need of secondary help. Joseph is a big hitter with some coverage ability, and he’ll fill the hole left by Charles Woodson, which is a major thing to do. But at 5' 10" and 205 pounds, he’s a little light for the position at the NFL level. Bob Sanders will be the idealized position, but Sanders was an outlier, and he was also hurt a lot. Size debits combined with a physical style seems to be a recipe for danger, but Joseph is a true competitor. 

Strengths: There are some inherent dangers in playing a devil-may-care game like Joseph does—penalties and injuries, to name a couple. There also is a clear benefit to having a big hitter who makes receivers think twice about going over the middle. Joseph moves well downhill, and he also can drop down and cover. —Chris Burke

Weaknesses: Torn ACL in 2015. Can get trapped out of position looking for the big hit. —CB

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