The Dallas Cowboys have signed second-round Kentucky cornerback Kelvin Joseph – chosen with the No. 44 total decide within the 2021 NFL Draft – to his commonplace four-year rookie contract.
For now? Joseph must get on the sector following a COVID quarantine that sidelined him for minicamp. However …
From a Mike Fisher supply from inside The Star: “He could be a direct starter.”
And from our scouting buddy Jeff Cavanaugh of 105.3 The Fan: “He is a kick-ass cornerback.”
Beneath we offer our prompt grade on the choice.
CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky, 6-foot, 197 kilos
NFL Draft Bible Scouting Overview: Joseph arrived at Kentucky as a switch after enjoying in 11 video games as a real freshman at LSU. After sitting out 2019 because of the NCAA switch guidelines, Joseph burst onto the scene in his one yr beginning at Kentucky in 2020. Energetic ft in press protection that transfer with wonderful quickness on a lateral airplane to reflect the discharge of the huge receiver. Spectacular motion expertise away from the road of scrimmage when watching him flip his hips on vertical routes to get again in section.
Noticeable burst out of his breaks when driving downhill on the ball whether or not he’s in zone or man protection. Shows lovely ball expertise that groups will covet to go together with his spectacular size on the catch level.
Lacks twitch within the brief to intermediate space of the sector enjoying away from the road of scrimmage. Inconsistent in his route recognition leads him to be prone to double strikes and blown coverages, exhibiting his inexperience up thus far in his profession. A late Day 2 cornerback prospect who has room to develop right into a top-tier beginning cornerback as he develops with extra enjoying expertise.
How he matches: The Cowboys’ most skilled returning nook is sixth-year professional Anthony Brown. Then there’s Jourdan Lewis. The remaining are younger gamers or free brokers. The ONE participant on this group that you just’re sure will probably be a starter in 2021 is Trevon Diggs. After that, there’s room for Joseph to carve out a job as a starter or constant contributor instantly.
What the Cowboys handed on: The Cowboys tried to commerce up … and later missed out on TCU security Trevon Moehrig by one decide, because the Raiders traded up in entrance of them. Our guess is, that will need to have harm.
Grade: B. All gamers taken within the second spherical have one thing that scouts don’t really feel completely nice about. Within the case of Joseph it’s most likely his lack of expertise as a starter (only one yr at Kentucky).
Oh, after which there are some behavioral whispers as nicely.
However based mostly on NFL Draft Bible’s scouting report, it appears like Joseph has a base of fundamentals to construct from. If he’s going to start out this yr, he’ll must have an amazing coaching camp and preseason. It’s extra doubtless he’ll observe like final yr’s second-round decide, Diggs, who by season’s finish was the Cowboys’ greatest cornerback.
If Joseph is that sort of participant by the top of 2021 – a “kick-ass starter”? – then this grade goes as much as an ‘A.’
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