2016 NFL Draft: West Virginia defensive back Karl Joseph is slated to visit the Denver Broncos, according to Aaron Wilson.
According to a report from NFL insider Aaron Wilson, the Denver Broncos are among the teams hosting West Virginia safety Karl Joseph for a pre-draft visit…
Joseph only played in four games this past season, but picked off five passes. He’s one of the most talented defensive backs in this draft and some have even dubbed him the most NFL-ready safety in this year’s class.
I recently projected him to the Broncos in the second round of my first seven-round mock of the offseason.
Joseph would fit in great with the Broncos’ defense with his attacking style, ball skills, and the relentlessness with which he plays. The Broncos lost a number of safeties this offseason to free agency, particularly David Bruton, who might have been the team’s best cover safety.
In fact, I won’t even hesitate on that. He was the team’s best cover safety.
That said, I’ve made the case for the Broncos adding a third safety early in the draft already, and I’ll make it again. The Broncos utilize defensive backs in a variety of ways, both in the box, man-to-man coverage, zone coverage — all over the place. The third safety played at least 50% of the snaps last season, which was mostly David Bruton.
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The Broncos utilize Bradley Roby — who is technically a third cornerback — like a starting corner. They utilize T.J. Ward in the box quite a bit, and my strategy with this is that they could use that new safety to drop into coverage while Ward replaces Todd Davis or whatever linebacker in the defensive set.
The options are endless, really.
I see the Broncos making a move for a safety sooner rather than later. Karl Joseph is a great fit for this defense and when healthy would play a major role.