LB Vosean Joseph, Florida*

6’2” – 230 lbs. – N/A
Started one of twelve games as a freshman (13-1.0-0.0), then stepped into the starting lineup the following year, going 55-4.0-0.0. Put together a junior year of 93-9.0-4.0, then declared for the draft. Smaller weakside linebacker who looks more like a safety than anything; moreover, hasn’t added any weight over the past three years, having been listed at 226 as a freshman as well. Combination of aggressiveness and solid athleticism allowed him to make some big plays in opposing backfields. Has quick hands and uses them to navigate around blockers and get to the ball. Has pretty good speed in pursuit and is able to chase down backs and make some tackles from the backside when lining up on the edge. Offers solid closing burst to finish off opponents when in position. Also a pretty physical player for his size. Willing to mix it up a little bit with blockers, exhibiting good extension and toughness. Closes well as a blitzer and was able to pick up four sacks this past season; did some work rushing off the edge, and also produced as a delayed rusher/quarterback spy. More capable of making splash plays than of providing reliable every-down defense at this point. Discipline in run fits is iffy at best, and angles to the ball are too aggressive; tends to rely too much on his ability to use quickness to slip blocks. Takes himself out of too many plays by choosing a gap prematurely and getting sealed out of the hole by an opposing blocker. Tends to come charging in at full speed and miss some tackles by not breaking down; lack of ideal length is also a factor. Was part of his team’s sub packages. Tended to work as either a spy or as a rusher on passing downs, but looks light on his feet and it shouldn’t be a problem for him to work in zone or potentially carry running backs out of the backfield. Able to drop into short zones and keep crossing receivers in front of him. Looks strong when popping receivers and disrupting their routes. Limited ball production: over his collegiate career, recorded just one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Sort of a feast-or-famine prospect who has the energy, aggressiveness, quickness, and burst to make big plays, but who may disappoint teams looking for consistent, disciplined linebacker play; is thus likely to draw some divergent evaluations.

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