2022 Devy Preview Scouting Series (for 2023+): SAF Brandon Joseph, Notre Dame
*Devy (for 2023 prospects) Preview scouting = scouting 1-2+ key game tapes, looking at output trends/basic analytics, and some minor background research. Not a full blown, deep dive scouting report. We’ll continue to scout these players ahead of the college all-star games, the Combine and post-Combine for a full reporting ahead of their NFL Draft.
I (RC) conducted my scouting as Ross Jacobs did his, we then exchanged our reports without knowing what the other was thinking/seeing. Then we briefly discussed our scouting of this player in an informal text chat (posted below the two scouting takes). *Please forgive typos on the chat transcript.
SAF Brandon Joseph, Notre Dame (Scouting Grade: D+) = by R.C. Fischer
6'0”/190, 2021: 79 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 3 INT, 4 PD, 0 FF (15g), Projected: 4.5 40-time, 7.1+ 3-cone
Transferring to Notre Dame for 2022, from three years at Northwestern prior.
A bit of a fraud prospect – he’s known for his lofty INT tallies (9 career picks) but watching his highlight tape…most of them were tipped passes by others and they went right to him, and a couple others thrown right to him with no one else around. I’m not impressed with this. I didn’t see any other great SAF play otherwise. He was fine/competent but nothing special.
COMP? = Lesser athletic Karl Joseph
S Brandon Joseph, Northwestern (Scouting Preview Grade: C-) -- Ross Jacobs
6'1”/190, 2021: 79 tackles, 1.5 tfl, 1 sack, 3 INT, 4 pd (12g), Projected: 4.5 40-time, 6.9 3-cone
Joseph is fine, pretty average from what I saw. Decent range and does a good job tackling when he gets home but too often is late to adjust to the ball because his eyes get locked in one spot. There are times where he could have saved a big run if he had reacted quicker but he's too slow to track the ball. Maybe another year will see his instincts improve.
NFL Comp? = Nasir Adderley
RC: Joseph was my least favorite SAF prospect to preview
RC: He got a bunch of total BS INTs and thus is getting attention for the tally
Ross: I didn't see him making any kind of an impact either
Ross: I'm willing to be wrong but right now I'd bet against him
RC: I don't want to waste any more time on him because he doesn't deserve it.
RC: But for a nugget for those who plowed through this...
RC: We're watching some RB Trestan Ebner Baylor/Chicago Bears UDFA tape and starting think some thoughts
RC: Ross, I guarantee you will have the same comp I'm thinking after watching a bit more tape, not full watch just some highlights...who comes to mind when you watched that tape I sent a few minutes ago?
RC: What RB of the last 1-10 years comes to mind
RC: I was thinking...Tevin Coleman
RC: Ballage was bigger
Ross: Yes, Ballage was bigger. I'm just thinking style. Coleman makes some sense too. Very straight ahead fast
RC: That breakaway speed
RC: Once Coleman got past the first level, he was gone
Ross: Coleman ran for like 2000 yards. Pretty sure Ebner never broke 800
RC: Pulling away from people
RC: You just don't get that chance that clear in the NFL
Ross: He's got some skills. Don't think he's as good as Coleman though
RC: Could be Felix Jones good
Ross: And Coleman was only mildly FF useful for a second
RC: Another great straight away guy
Ross: Do not disparage Felix Jones that way
Ross: Felix had some shake and bake
RC: Ebner 3 KR TDs, 1 PR TD in college
RC: Ebner very solid in the pass game
Ross: I remember his rookie year he put Charles Woodson in a blender on a toss to the left
RC: I am starting to buy him as a pass game RB for Chicago this year, in some form, at some point
Ross: Does Chicago have a passing game?
RC: RUN DMC was Felix, McFadden and who again?
Ross: Peyton Hillis
Ross: Those teams were so much fun to watch
RC: Oh yeah...that was pretty stout, and Hillis didn't get much
RC: Cedric Cobbs was better than all of them
Ross: Hillis got almost nothing. He blocked and caught passes
Ross: Get that blasphemy out of here
Ross: Cobbs was good. He was no DMac
RC: None of them really made it big in the pros, sadly
RC: Hillis had the best moment in time
Ross: All three of them sadly
Ross: And the year before we brought in DMac and Felix we nearly landed Peterson but he chose Oklahoma
RC: And thus, wraps boring SAF Brandon Joseph chat...with Arkansas reminiscing.
Ross: Brandon who?
RC: The year after RUN DMC left, the Dick brothers took over at QB
Ross: With two Nutts coaching
RC: The Nutts and Dicks were clipped by Bobby Petrino and his girlfriend/mistress
Ross: Yeah, I was there the year Nutt got fired and the night Petrino was hired my dad heard about it about an hour ahead of the press conference and me and a buddy snuck into the stadium to watch
RC: The Tyler Wilson era was soon to begin
Ross: Things were going good until he crashed that stupid motorcycle
Ross: Tyler Wilson and Ryan Mallett
Ross: Knile Davis
RC: Great Oakland draft pick. Al Davis was a real legend