Kerby Joseph

Kerby Joseph

Measurements
  • Height
    6010
  • Hand
    10 1/4
  • VJ
    38.5
  • Weight
    203lbs
  • Arm
    33
  • Speed
S Combine Averages
  • Height
    5117
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    204lbs
  • Arm
    31 3/4
  • Speed
    4.56
Jared Hammond - Scout
Kerby Joseph
  • Overall Rank
    58
  • Position Rank
    4
  • Position
    S
  • Age
    21.6 Years
  • Team
    ILLINOIS

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles PBUs Yds/Cov Snap Sacks Misc. Stats
2018 10 9 1 1.50 0 NA
2019 10 3 3 0.83 0 1 TFL
2020 7 19 0 0.44 0 NA
2021 12 57 7 0.39 0 3 fumbles recovered

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Joseph has a lanky frame but still shows adequate muscle on his frame. Long arms that fall down to his knees, he possesses above the line length. Could benefit from adding 5, maybe 10 pounds to his frame to help prevent possible injuries. No significant injury history.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 6.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Mentally Joseph has shown above the line instincts. He trusts himself too and his body language shows it when he anticipates some plays before they fully develop. Adequate toughness, physical and doesn't back down to blockers when he plays close to the LOS. Above the line effort & motor.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 6.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Athletically Joseph has most of the traits to look for in a safety and doesn't waste much movement. He has above the line explosion and adequate speed which doesn't hinder his ability to cover the field because of his above the line instincts. His above the line body control and change of direction allow him to move fluidly north & south as well as east & west. His flexibility/bend and play strength are adequate. He uses his muscle well but needs to add a little more to be effective in the box at the NFL level.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 6.5

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Pre-snap Joseph has a little bit of sink in his stance but post snap he starts in an adequate backpedal because he shows stiffness. He shows above the line play recognition and processing ability and his above the line twitch and suddenness allow him to make adjustments to get to the play. He will struggle getting downhill quickly due to an average plant and drive. He shows above the line run support. He doesn't shy away from blockers but does sometimes struggle getting off them. His burst to close is above the line and when in range, takes sufficient angles to get to ball carriers quickly. Tackles above the line at any part of the field, his form needs some improvement but he rarely misses tackles. Pairs above the line coverage with above the line ball skills. Shows awareness and vision in coverage of the receivers around him while still reading the quarterback's movements.

  • Hip Fluidity
    7
  • Burst to Close
    7
  • Plant and Drive
    5
  • Run Support
    7
  • Cover Ability
    7
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    7
  • Backpedal
    6
  • Ball Skills
    7
Grade 6.6

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Joseph, a senior, has had limited starting time during his college career, logging just 14 starts in 4 seasons, with no significant time lost due to injury. Ran track and played volleyball in high school in addition to football. He will and should add weight at the next level to help him avoid injuries with his lanky and slender frame. He has experience on special teams and should find time on the field at the next level playing teams. He projects as a starting caliber FS as soon as he enters the NFL. He played a majority of his snaps at Illinois at free safety (400+) and has the athletic and movement abilities to cover the field from sideline to sideline. His ball skills will make an immediate impact at the next level because of his above the line instincts, body control, and change of direction abilities. Plays the ball and uses his length well to break up passes before and after a receiver gets his hands on the ball. Late 2nd, early 3rd round grade.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Iowa
  • Nov - 20 - 2021
  • 5 tackles, an INT where he climbs the ladder to get it, and shows off instincts.
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Purdue
  • Sep - 25 - 2021
  • Allowed multiple receptions and missed a couple of tackles.
Best Trait
Ball Skills
Pro Comparison
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