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William Joseph

DT | (6-5, 308, 5.12) | Miami (FL)
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Started every game in his college career after redshirting as a freshman. Had 49 tackles, six tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 1999; 40-6-3 in 2000; and 61-19-10 in '01, with six of his sacks coming in games Eight through 11. Based on his play at the end of the '01 season, could be rated the best defensive lineman in the country. Had a reputation for taking downs off and not always playing very hard, but he turned it up two notches after Game Eight. Had a decent '02 season with 48-15-5 in 12 games.

Positives: Very quick, powerful, disruptive inside player with quick hands and feet and the ability to quickly shed or avoid blockers. He is instinctive, aware and athletic, finds the ball quickly, can change directions, redirect, flatten and play low with leverage. Became a very good inside pass rusher at the end of the '01 season and is a solid run-down player as well. Can really dominate when he plays hard. Best example might be West Virginia game in '01.

Negatives: When he tires or gets lazy, he lets his pad level get too high and loses leverage. Although he is a tough, durable player, Joseph is not nearly as physical or nasty as former Hurricane Warren Sapp was. Is more angular, with a thin lower body, than scouts like in defensive tackles and is not as explosive as he could be.

Summary: If he dedicates himself and improves his work ethic and tenacity, Joseph could be compared to Sapp in the future.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.