By: Steve Johnson
Kendall Joseph, LB, Clemson
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2015: 7 games. 4 tackles,
2016: 15 games. 106 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 int, 1 FF
2017: 12 games. 96 tackles, 5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 int (37 yards), 1 pass break up, 2 FF, 1 FR
Accolades: 2016 National Champion, 2017 Third-team All-ACC,
History: Three-star recruit from Honea Path, SC. Joseph is a three-time state weightlifting champion. He also played basketball and ran track as a prep.
Strengths: Good eyes and anticipation. Aware in zone coverage. Agility is a plus, does a good job squeezing by attempted blockers. Good open field pursuit. Experienced and smart defender. Football IQ is great. Productive player, that was a part of a lot of success.
Weaknesses: Size is an issue, frame may be maxed out. Doesn’t have the same play strength, as his weight room strength indicates. Doesn’t want to take on linemen. Gets driven back with ease. Once blockers are engaged, it’s over (that includes TEs and WRs). Misses a lot of tackles he should make. Has played with a lot of talent around him, specifically in front of him.
Overview: Joseph is a good read and react linebacker, that can be counted on in zone coverage. He has good eyes, anticipation, and has been a productive player in a very successful program. He lacks the size and play strength that may limit him in some schemes and may have some teams taking him off their board. If you’re taking a LB with his size, he better be dynamic, and I don’t see that with Joseph.
Draft Projection: 4th Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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