West Virginia S Karl Joseph Expects To Be Ready For Training Camp

West Virginia held their annual pro day on Monday and as expected, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin were both on hand to observe it. While safety Karl Joseph was the main draw on Monday, he unfortunately still wasn’t able to participate in any of the drills as he’s still recovering from his knee surgery that took place back in October.

After Monday’s event ended, Joseph talked to the media and told them that while his recovery is currently right on track, he’s probably still going to be sidelined for the extended future.

“I’m on schedule — I think I’m ahead of schedule right now. Dr. Andrews said I’m ahead of schedule and I look good, so I’ll be ready by training camp,” Joseph told Matt Keller of BlueGoldNews.com.

While Joseph didn’t say whether or not he has a pre-draft visit currently set up with the Steelers, he certainly hinted that could be the case when asked about his Monday interactions with Tomlin.

It’s not a bad problem to have that a lot of teams are showing interest, trying to fly you out and stuff like that, to see what kind of person you are,” said Joseph. “So I’m enjoying it in that aspect.”

Despite him missing most of the 2015 season with his knee injury, Joseph said he’s confident that all of the tape he’s accumulated during his time at West Virginia will be enough when it comes to teams knowing he’s still worthy of being a first-round selection. In his 42 games played, Joseph registered 284 total tackles, 9 interceptions and 14 pass breakups in addition to forcing 8 fumbles.

The Steelers pre-draft visits will continue on this week so don’t be surprised if Joseph is brought to town in the next several days. He certainly is a solid player and even though he likely won’t be ready to fully participate in practices until later on in the summer, it shouldn’t prevent him from hearing his name called somewhere in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft.

“I think it’s possible, but it doesn’t matter if it’s second or third round. As long as I get an opportunity I’m going to do my best with it,” he said. “I’m a very coachable player. I can fit into any scheme.”

  • Spencer Krick

    If Billings is off the board and there aren’t any viable EDGE prospects, I wouldn’t be surprised if we took him at 25.

  • steelmann58

    i love this kid at 58 after taking our C B @25

  • Brian Tollini

    Although I wouldn’t be against him at 25, I don’t see it happening, and unless we trade up in round 2, I don’t see him being there at 58.

  • The Tony

    I’d take him round one. Over drafting is a bit frivolous in hindsight. If you can get an impact player a 15 picks to a round higher than projection, then who cares if that player is being a big contributor

  • Brian Tollini

    No doubt. If he turns out to be a 10 year starter for us, you don’t say at the end of his career “it’s a damn shame we didn’t draft him in the 2nd round”.

  • Steel Your Face

    Hot Karl.

  • John21

    Who is this?

    Pre-draft measurables

    Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
    5 ft 9 in 213 lb 4.42 s 1.52 s 2.49 s 4.26 s 6.84 s 40.5 in 11 ft 1 in 28 reps
    Started 42 of 48 games; 263 tackles; 2 INT; 4 Sacks; All Conf 1st Team
    STRENGTHS Tough safety with a linebacker?s mentality and good thickness throughout his frame. Used around the line throughout his career, but also possesses the closing speed to make plays from a two-deep look. Attacks run plays when his recognition skills tell him to come downhill, makes jarring stops by flowing through traffic and lining up his target. Will finish tackles when at his best, wrapping with authority and even throwing running backs of similar size to the ground. Mixes it up in the box despite his size, won?t back down from lineman blocks and will extend his arm to keep them at bay. Effective blitzer off the edge using his speed and change of direction ability to make plays. Speedy and athletic enough to stay with slot receivers down the seam, can show blitz off-tackle and get back to handle slot coverage responsibility. Covers a lot of ground in the secondary when deep, can change directions effectively to get angles to prevent explosive plays. Strong enough to win 50/50 scenarios with receivers in coverage. Leader and communicator in the secondary. Aggressiveness and speed should make him an outstanding special teams coverage player early in his career.


  • draframe1

    As I recall they took Heath coming off a knee late rd 1.

  • CP72

    Apparently we should have looked at Shamarko’s wonderlic…..

  • Brian Tollini

    Yeah, but you can’t pass in Joseph simply because Shamarko didn’t work out as expected. Maybe similar players in paper, but one has nothing to do with the other.

  • T3xassteelers

    Would be top 10 pick had it not been for injury, gonna be a stud. Get this man now.

  • Garrett Hunt

    It was a groin I think

  • Jeremy McClurg

    This guy is a top 15 pick and he will be the best player available at 25, easily.

  • Alex B

    would love to see Karl Joseph or Darian Thompson in the first, as I feel they’re the only complete packages at strong safety that would be available. Lack of depth in the safety class means we’d only be able to get a box guy like Cash/Killebrew/Cravens in the second round. This front seven class is so stacked I’d rather see us attack our holes there and at CB on the second day.

  • Steeler-Drew

    I agree. It’s easy to get caught up in whether a player is a reach or not. Many had Shazier projected between 25-30 but the Steelers took him at #15. For me it’s more about a combination of a drop off and filling a need knowing a player won’t be there in the 2nd round or the next time their selection is up. I think there is Joseph and then a drop off to a handful of players at S who are pretty evenly rated. Just as if Apple and Alexander are already drafted and Jackson is still available there will be a drop off to the next available CB. I would be more than happy with Joseph at #25 regardless of the many 2nd round projections.

  • PittsburghSports

    I saw K.J. Dillon had a 28″ vert lol. That’s like DT bad.

  • John21

    Sports hernia

  • RickM

    A first-round draft pick is a gamble to start. Can the player make the transition to the pros? And it seems more of a challenge in the secondary than many other positional areas. If the Steelers are prioritizing the secondary in the first round, IMO there’s no way they can afford to gamble on a player who is coming off a serious knee injury in October 2015. The Steelers need a first-round draft pick that can contribute right off the get-go and he likely won’t even be able to practise until mid to late summer. There’s just too much of an immediate need on D for this to be our top pick. I don’t mind elevating a player than many see as a 2nd rounder to the 1st round, but not when he’s in the middle of recovering from a major knee injury.

  • RickM

    I don’t think they should take Joseph given the injury. But conceptually, you’re spot on.

  • RickM

    I agree that mentally Shamarko hasn’t been able to make the adjustment to the pro game. But the wonderlic score (math, grammar, etc.) is so unimportant. Blaine Gabbert got a 42 on it, while Dan Marino supposedly got a 15. According to reports, Darelle Revis got a 10 as did A.J. Green. And Frank Gore allegedly got a 6. The test really does nothing to measure football intelligence. That’s far better done on a blackboard using X’s and O’s and in a face-to-face meeting where you can ask assorted football questions.

  • Edward Hunt

    I would be happy with him in the first round Nevermind second round.

  • will

    Which was 3

  • Michael James

    Honestly, that’s one of the worst comparisons I’ve ever read. If you watch Joseph’s tape, you see a guy with exceptional football IQ AND all the traits S.Thomas has. That’s the big difference.

  • Xclewsive

    Coverage was never Shamarkos strength. Karl Joseph has coverage ability and can be a force in the box.

  • steelburg

    I agree with you in part. I don’t think you take a gamble on him with the first 2 picks but I think he is worth it in the 3rd or 4th round IMO.

  • michael young

    This kid is a sledgehammer. He would look really good (and at home) in the B&G.

  • LucasY59

    IMO, if he isnt ready to go till TC (at the earliest) he should be a 3rd rd pick, he would be great value there, and it would reduce the risk that a early pick might not be healthy enough to contribute his rookie yr (I think there is a good chance that he gets to camp and is healthy from there on, but the risk is still too great if he ends up having a setback or isnt ready by camp, to pick him earlier)

  • LucasY59

    they wouldnt even gamble on paying (to keep) a proven LT coming off a Oct 2015 knee injury. So I would be very surprised if they took a similar risk on a 1st rd pick