Football Intelligence –Like his ability to be in the right spot at the right time, he's typically pretty reliable to diagnose action between the tackles and shade/scrape into the appropriate run fit. He's done well to stay disciplined and in position.
Tackling –When he's arriving uncontested, he's very reliable to hold his own and get into the lower half of ball carriers. He won't bring the same finish when he's working off of contact, putting emphasis on the need to keep him clean.
Block Shedding - Minimal value to press and stack blocks. He's not long and he's about as full on his frame as he can possibly get...but still lacking in functional strength when he's asked to bump and bang with offensive linemen at the POA.
Competitive Toughness –There's nothing wrong with what he brings but no one is going to be calling him a tone setter up front. He's hard working and brings what he's got, he just feels like a maxed out football player who still could use a little extra pop.
Lateral Mobility –There's little appeal in playing him sideline to sideline, he doesn't have the burst or range to stay over top of the play and instead will get out-leveraged quickly and be forced to bubble his angles down the field.
Coverage Skills –He's limited here, given his hip tightness and an inability to really open himself up and cover notable ground. His wins come with keying on the eyes of the QB, which he'll follow and allow him to steer into desired positioning in zone.
Gap Shooting Ability –He's smart, instinctive and reads plays well. He's got a good sense of timing and knowing when to step forward to get in on the action. That said, he's really lacking in the burst and explosiveness department, which hinders his impact playing into the LOS.
Feet/Change of Direction –His feet are heavy. He labors with his changes in direction and is a half-step behind his teammates when he's looking to collect and drive against the grain. His feet can't match his mine as he's diagnosing or scraping and feet lag behind.
Flexibility –Doesn't showcase desirable hinge or flip in the hips to transition or drop off the line of scrimmage with adequate quickness. Struggles to sink and anchor against contact and he'll get pushed off his spot as a result.
First Step Quickness –Doesn't have great explosiveness trying to key and drive down hill. He wins more with quick vision and his penetration comes typically off of predetermined blitzes that have him working down field before or at the snap.
BEST TRAIT - Football IQ
WORST TRAIT – Functional Athleticism
BEST FILM – Louisville (2018)
WORST FILM – Alabama (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Kendall Joseph is caught between two types of ILBs. Joseph doesn't have the length and frame to be relied upon as a heavy hitter between the tackles but he's also missing the needed burst, range of motion and flexibility to be an asset as a space linebacker. Joseph's hopes to make a team will fall into his ability to play the special teams units and be a reliable tackler in this respect. He's pretty close to maxed out physically, so ceiling is limited.
ROUND GRADE - Undrafted Free Agent