NAME: Vosean Joseph
JERSEY: No. 11
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 226 lbs
Coverage – Has the speed and fluidity needed to matchup with running backs and tight ends in space but doesn’t have the route anticipation skills to consistently remain connected. Awareness and spacing in zone coverage must be improved. Slow to read the backfield and work into throwing lanes.
Tackling – Inconsistent with aiming points and getting himself into good position to finish. Below average contact balance and hitting power leads to him conceding yards after contact and sliding off some tackle attempts.
Blocks – Does not have the contact balance or hitting power to regularly stack and shed blocks. Doesn’t diagnose play concepts and react quickly enough to consistently get ahead of blocks. Slow reads lead him into junk. Best moments of beating blocks on tape come from him finessing and slipping blocks. Effective at undercutting and using his quickness and flexibility to work over/under blocks but the key is making sure his pads stay clean or else it’s game over.
Physicality – Not shy of contact but limited play strength and balance makes it necessary for him to work around blocks. Won’t consistently play through contact and sift through traffic. Has some aggressive, physical finishes as a tackler on tape but snap-to-snap study reveals considerable variance.
Motor – Plays hard but not a consistently high urgent pursuer of the football. Thrives as a cleanup tackler. Regularly used as a blitzer and attacks his gap with urgency in those situations.
Processing – Needs to develop in this area. Is a slow processor and often diagnoses incorrectly. Is guilty of running himself out of plays or into blocks. Spatial awareness is lacking and he often sees plays through a straw. Easily manipulated by fakes/misdirection and open the door for cutback lanes.
Range – Flows well laterally and showcases good straight line speed but a lack of quick processing skills and the ability to play through contact limits his range. When the path is clear and the angle is correct, he has the speed needed to cover ground. Flashes of short area burst are exciting.
Flexibility – Outstanding ability to twist and torque around blockers. Excellent laterally mobility and has smooth change of direction skills. Explosive driving off his plant foot and moving laterally.
Versatility – Liability at MIKE and SAM given his lack of instincts and play strength. Needs to be used as a 4-3 WILL in a pursuit-style role. Florida did well to take advantage of his athletic ability and limit his thinking by regularly using him as a blitzer and attacking gaps.
BEST TRAIT – Lateral Mobility
WORST TRAIT – Processing/Play Strength
RED FLAGS – Did not start Charleston Southern game for “failing to meet the Gator standard”
Vosean Joseph’s blend of lateral mobility, underwhelming instincts, issues playing through contact and speed make him an ideal fit to function as a weakside linebacker in a 4-3 alignment. His issues playing into the line of scrimmage, taking on blocks and processing skills are too limiting for consideration as a MIKE or SAM linebacker. While he does offer upside to develop, there are notable holes in his game that must be improved upon for him to make an impact in the NFL. His college game tape revealed a mixed bag of results with some concerning low points. He has the makings of a starter in time should he develop, but there is a lot to overcome.
Football Intelligence –Linear pursuit player. Often times keys flat footed and breaks in pursuit of the ball…but can be a dog chasing cars: he’s awfully inconsistent with reading action and often times takes the cheese on false keys and gets sucked out of alignment.
Tackling –Shows pretty explosive hitting power and a lot of range as a pursuit player. Needs to come to balance better to ensure he’s under control and can cleanly challenge a ball carrier when carrying speed in pursuit. Has let fish off the hook by coming in out of control.
Block Shedding –Extension skills and hand utilization are sorely lacking, gives up his chest too cleanly and will get caught in the trash instead of popping off of a body and continuing in pursuit. Isn’t a reliable POA defender, needs to flow clean to the football.
Competitive Toughness –I like his effort but it isn’t channeled well and he plays reckless, which costs him functional play strength in a lot of instances. Hustle is strong and is quick to act when he’s confident in his primary responsibility immediately out of the gate.
Lateral Mobility –Capable of scraping sideline to sideline, no problem with mobility. Next level range and burst but his intent and directional awareness do temper opportunities to gain ground into the LOS and minimize opposing yardage gained.
Coverage Skills –SHas terrific range, will turn and run on the hoof to drop off the LOS in zone or when needing to carry TEs or backs out of the backfield. Most certainly a zone asset and underneath man option but needs to develop feel for sitting down in zone and feeling movement/flow.
Gap Shooting Ability –First step quickness and aggression can yield to some big time collisions in the backfield. That said, is very much a guesser and won’t plug proper gaps with high hit rate. Doesn’t plug blocks with his hands, either, negating opportunity to seal the POA.
Feet/Change of Direction –Terrific short area quickness. Jitterbug COD skills allow him to start and stop with ease, as well as plant and drive. An admirable athlete with a lot of spring in his steps to defeat blockers and mirror with short area quickness.
Flexibility –Pretty dynamic mover. Has little issue with unlocking his hips to get speed and momentum built when looking to hit landmarks in zone coverage or when needing to turn and run up the field. Shows a pretty dynamic base to extend his feet and collect.
First Step Quickness –Terrific. Love his suddenness and short area quickness, isn’t going to require a runway to establish his speed and will take opposing blockers by surprise with how quickly he’s able to arrive in the gap and challenge the ball.
BEST TRAIT – Lateral Mobility
WORST TRAIT – Football IQ
BEST FILM – LSU (2018)
WORST FILM – Michigan (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Vosean Joseph projects most favorably as a true WILL in an even front. Joseph is at his best as a scrape defender, especially when he’s freed from procession backfield action and simply allowed to identify and pursue the football. Joseph has some enticing traits to develop in time but his general lack of consistency in processing is going to inhibit his efforts to stay on the field for a high percentage of plays, at least early on in his pro career. Developmental starter prospect.