After trading their pair of 4th-round choices to move up and select their tight end, General Manager Brandon Beane and the Buffalo Bills sat out the 4th round and came back to work in the 5th. The selection was Florida’s linebacker Vosean Joseph.
As a junior in 2018, Joseph filled up the Gators’ stat sheet. He played 13 games and amassed team-leading 93 tackles (nine for loss), four sacks, five passes defended, and one fumble recovery.
At 6’1″ and 230 pounds, the former Gator fits the mold of the modern NFL linebacker, possessing the athleticism necessary to run sideline to sideline and stay on the field on passing downs. He can develop into a nice option behind Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds and contribute immediately on special teams.
Florida LB Vosean Joseph (@gloryboy_Sean), a top-100 player on @PFF's big board, plays the game with mean intentions.— Austin Gayle (@austingayle_) April 23, 2019
He's an aggressive, physical off-ball LB with notable athleticism drawing buzz in this year's class. pic.twitter.com/RaimrZbkrr
Over-aggressiveness can lead to missed tackles for Joseph, and he still needs to develop in his play diagnosis and disengaging from blockers, but at the 147th pick in this draft, he’s an absolute steal by Beane. The Bills needed depth at this position, and Joseph offers not only that, but also very good long-term potential.