It's draft week and ESPN NFL draft expert Todd McShay has released an in-depth draft preview that includes several Big 12 names (Insider).
McShay took a closer look at several categories, including most physical players. It should be no surprise to see West Virginia safety Karl Joseph among the five prospects listed as one of the most physical players in the draft. One of the hardest-hitting defenders in the Big 12 since his freshman season, Joseph had memorable hits on Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin and Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook during his time in a Mountaineers uniform.
Despite his season-ending injury in October, Joseph has been a draft riser as teams have gone back to look at game film.
What Karl Joseph did to Georgia Southern should be illegal.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 20, 2016
Joseph was one of the favorites for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year before the injury, as he was outstanding during the first four games with 20 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and five interceptions. His performances against Georgia Southern and Oklahoma were particularly impressive.
Several draft analysts consider Joseph the best safety in the draft, so it looks like his decision to return to West Virginia for his senior season, even though he got injured, has paid off. Joseph could be a Day 1 (first round) or early Day 2 (second round) selection.