Irish Breakdown Recruitment Director Ryan roberts dove into the film of Notre Dame’s latest addition to the roster, the former Northwestern All-American Brandon joseph. Here is the Ryan’s NFL Draft rating for Joseph.
NAME: Brandon joseph
POSITION: Free security
HOMETOWN: University Station, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: College Station High School
SIZE: 6-1 (estimated)
WEIGHT: 192 pounds (estimate)
– 2021: Selected as AP All-America First Team, Walter Camp Award Watchlist, Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watchlist, Chuck Bednarik Award Watchlist, Jim Thorpe Award Watchlist, Walter Camp Preseason All-American (First team), Athlon Sports preseason All-American (first team), PFF Preseason All-American (first team), Phil Steele Preseason All-American (first team), PFF Preseason All-Big Ten (first team) and Phil Steele Preseason All-Big Ten (First Team). Elected team captain.
– 2020: AFCA All-America First Team (Unanimous) during the 2020 season. Associated Press First Team … Sporting News First Team. AP All-Big Ten First Team. AP Big Ten Newcomer of the year. Played in four games in the 2019 season. Committed verbally to Northwestern on Dec. 15, 2018. Rated three-star prospect and 127th-ranked player in Texas by 247sports. Helped lead College Station High School to the Texas 5A State Championship. Choose Northwestern over Texas Tech.
– Absurd versatility; rooftop and human work
– Affects the point of capture; plus length
– Incredible ball skills
– Outstanding COD
– Scrappy competitor in the racing game
– Proactive player with great instincts
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
– Need for physical development, fill in the box
– The working angles of the alley must be improved
– Some missed tackles; sometimes gets out of hand
– Season 2021 high and low
Part of a senior-laden Northwest defense in 2020, Brandon Joseph, then a red-shirted first-year overseer, became the most dynamic defenseman in a dedicated unit that placed in the top ten in the National level. This game took a step back in 2021 – but it still featured the traits that make it a dynamic player at the back.
Joseph has some Jessie bates (Cincinnati Bengals) thrills at his game, boasting a long, athletic frame (6-1, 195 pounds) with a notable range of deep work.
In passing coverage, it is extremely difficult to punch holes in Joseph’s play. He has experience working in multiple rosters, showing great potential for busy time in the lunge, working short areas and playing on the roof. Working primarily from two high shells for the Wildcats, the team implemented numerous post-snap rotations involving Joseph as border security.
In many cases, this turns him into a truly unique role. Whether working as a center fielder or from two heights, Joseph showcases a remarkable range at the back with superb fluidity.
Perhaps the most impressive part of his game is that he is an incredibly proactive player who quickly diagnoses plays in both the passing game and the running game. Joseph is nervous with a really impressive change of direction. It helps a lot to work in humans, where its clicking and closing is extraordinary in terms of safety.
His length is capable of making him a threat at the point of capture, regularly playing football with exceptional ball skills. Joseph is a true ball hawk in every way, with six interceptions during the condensed Big Ten season, some of them spectacularly.
In the racing game, Joseph is a rambling contender who has no problem mixing him up. Joseph could be well served by filling in his long frame, adding strength to work more efficiently when placed on the second tier.
Its angles can be a bit haphazard when working from the inside to the outside. There are several missed tackles on the film, sometimes a little out of control, without managing to balance out. Joseph can be a bit of a jerky ankle bite, needing to improve his overall power profile.
Any inconsistencies in the racing game are fixable and the biggest key is that Joseph is more than willing. His job in passing coverage is what will put him in such high regard. He is the type of versatile player that the NFL covets to a high degree.
“The Jessie Bates clone who excels on the roof but is also just as good at covering men. A proactive cover man who improves everyone around him.”
FINAL NOTE: 1st round | 19-32 | Strong starter (8.2)
NFL COMPARISON: Jessie bates
Content of the Irish breakdown
The alignment of Notre-Dame 2021
Notre Dame 2021 Schedule
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Offense
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense
Large Notre Dame 2023 class board
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