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.
The @buffalobills have selected LB Vosean Joseph with the 147th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Learn more about Vosean (vuh-SHAWN): pic.twitter.com/jvjLCXxH9d
— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) April 27, 2019
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.
Welcome to Buffalo Vosean Joseph. Joseph was tied for the 7th most pass breakups among draft eligible LBs in 2018. #GoBills #BillsMafia https://t.co/yFsIZ54Sth
— PFF BUF Bills (@PFF_Bills) April 27, 2019
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.
He's an aggressive, physical off-ball LB with notable athleticism drawing buzz in this year's class. pic.twitter.com/RaimrZbkrr
— Austin Gayle (@austingayle_) April 23, 2019
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.
⚡️ “Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida” by @Cover_1_https://t.co/GNzicjaFGr
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) April 27, 2019