Atlanta Falcons: Five potential 2016 second-round picks
1) Karl Joseph – SS – West Virginia
When the Atlanta Falcons released veteran safety William Moore, they didn’t just lose a good player, they also lost a leader. Having someone who can be the voice of a defense and gain trust and respect from his fellow teammates is crucial to a teams’ success and West Virginia’s Karl Joseph has all of that and then some.
Joseph was a team caption with the Mountaineers and is everywhere on the football field. He’s been quoted as being a poor man’s Earl Thomas and that’s someone Dan Quinn knows very well. Joseph much like Thompson is a play maker. He goes up and makes plays and will also deliver a devastating hit as well.
The question marks surrounding Joseph isn’t his ability to be successful in the NFL, but his ability to stay healthy. Joseph tore his ACL last season and missed most of the year as a result. His medical clearance is what is keeping this man from being a first-round talent and that’s perfect for the Falcons.
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When healthy Joseph has no limitations. He can do anything you ask him to do and that’s what makes Joseph such an intriguing player. If he gets medical clearance before the draft, which he should, then the Falcons would be stupid not to draft him if given the opportunity to.