Overview
Three-year starter with an excellent motor to go along with above average toughness. Joseph's athletic ability and quickness serve him well as a run defender, but he is unlikely to be much of a factor as a pass rusher on the next level. Joseph will need to add mass, but he's got a shot to fit into a rotation as either a three-technique or shade nose in a 4-3 defense.
 
Strengths
  • Plays with very good quickness off the snap. 
  • Impressive 4.97 forty at his pro day with a 10-yard split to match. 
  • Quick hands, strong hands. 
  • Flashes two-gap sensibilities with ability to punch, spy, and disengage. 
  • Plus agility to scrape along the line to mirror the runner. 
  • Explosive lateral burst to snare running backs from the backside. 
  • Never stagnant with relentless motor. 
  • Good feel for blocking schemes and attacks his attacker. 
  • Makes impact tackles near the line of scrimmage
 
Weaknesses
  • Lacks pass rush production relative to his athletic ability. 
  • Was often subbed out on obvious passing downs. 
  • Has played nose at Rutgers and could face move to three-technique in pros. 
  • Could use more mass and anchor at the point of attack. 
  • Can be stalemated when facing quality strength across from him. 
  • Was unable to impose his will against Michigan State's Brian Allen. 
  • Needs twists and games to help him get off the mark as a rusher
 
Lance Zierlein (NFL.COM)
 
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