Earlier this morning, we mentioned ESPN analyst Todd McShay's most recent mock draft in which he made the picks as if he were the general manager of each team. In the first round for the Indianapolis Colts, McShay had the Colts taking West Virginia safety Karl Joseph, a player McShay said could be "their next Bob Sanders."
If that's really the case, the Colts would be wise to look into the safety, and according to the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson, they are. Wilson reports that Karl Joseph will visit the Colts, along with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Houston Texans, and others.
During his time at West Virginia, Joseph started 42 games at safety and recorded 208 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, a sack, nine picks, eight forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He was a team captain and first-team All-Big 12 selection in his junior season in 2014, but unfortunately his senior season was cut short by a knee injury after the fourth game - after recording five interceptions in the first four games. He was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2013 and in 2012 was West Virginia's Defensive MVP while being named a Freshman All-American.
Joseph (5-10, 205 pounds) is a bit on the smaller side for an NFL safety, but that shouldn't be an issue that gets in the way of his draft stock considering his reputation as a productive playmaker for West Virginia. Honestly, where he goes in the draft will likely be determined by how his knee injury has progressed and by what teams think of his medicals, but there's a chance he could slip into the first round. If not, he'd almost certainly be a day two selection. For the Colts, they could use a safety to add to the mix, considering the fact that Clayton Geathers is rather inexperienced and that Mike Adams is 35 years old. If the Colts were to bring in Karl Joseph, they could allow him to adjust to the NFL while still seeing some playing time before then taking over as the full-time starter alongside Geathers next year. The Colts have been looking into a number of safety options for this year's draft, and Karl Joseph is one of the most intriguing names from that group.