With the 44th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Kentucky cornerback Kelvin Joseph. Joseph is a long, athletic, and young cornerback with incredible ball skills who should make an immediate impact on the Dallas Cowboys defense.
Kelvin Joseph was widely considered to be a first-round talent, and likely would’ve went higher in the draft if it weren’t for “character concerns”. An argument can be made that Joseph is the most talented player at his position in the draft, purely based on physical traits and upside. Joseph is only 20 years old and has played in just 20 college games, so his potential is off the charts.
In his lone season at Kentucky, after transferring from LSU, he recorded 4 interceptions (one for a TD) in 9 games for the Wildcats, which was second-most in the SEC last season.
At 6’0, 200 pounds with 32″ arms, Joseph is the prototype corner for Dan Quinn’s heavy cover-3 scheme. He also ran a blazing 4.35 40-yard dash, had a 35″ vertical, and had a 10’8 broad jump at his pro day; it’s safe to say that he’s highly athletic and explosive. Pairing him with Trevon Diggs has the potential to be one hell of a DB tandem for America’s Team.
With the additions of Micah Parsons and now Kelvin Joseph, the Dallas Cowboys have obviously put a major emphasis on adding speed to the defensive side of the ball. It will be interesting to see who else is added to that side of the ball as the draft unfolds. Dallas has nine more picks to work with, three of which will be made tonight.
The biggest team needs the Dallas Cowboys still need to address is safety and defensive tackle.
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