Karl Joseph S – Oakland
About: Karl Joseph is probably the most talented player left on Oakland’s defense. He was the Raiders number one draft pick in 2016, going 14th overall. Joseph hasn’t quite made the impact the silver and black expected when they drafted him, but this season he’s been fighting a hamstring injury. The safety missed almost his entire rookie season with an injury that limited him to one game. Last year, in his first full season he made 78 tackles.
Pros: If the Seahawks want to put the boom back into Century Link Field, not many defensive backs hit as hard as Joseph. Would be an ideal Robin to Bradley McDougald’s Batman at safety and since he covers ground well he can play over the top and be effective in double teams. In essence, he would be a good replacement for Earl Thomas. Joseph is very good at making tackles in the open field and loves to make big plays. He has another year left on his rookie contract.
Cons: Joseph is only 5’10”, and 205 pounds, a bit undersized compared to McDougald, but about the same as ET3. The third-year safety at times plays undisciplined and somewhat reckless. In his enthusiasm to make big hits and highlight-reel plays, Joseph has been known to miss tackles. Again there are his past injury issues. It’s professional football, but Joseph has played in 30 of 38 possible games, less than 80 percent.
Wrap: On the field, Joseph could be the perfect replacement for Earl Thomas because of his coverage and tackling ability. The big questions are a) can he stay healthy? and b) will he grow up and play under control?
Just Blog Baby thinks Joseph can be had with a fifth or sixth round pick. If that’s the price, the Seahawks should be buying. I’d go as far as offering a conditional third depending on how much Joseph plays and if he gets resigned.