The Bills drafted linebacker Vosean Joseph with the 147th pick in the fifth round. Joseph is a native of Miami, FL and played his college football at Florida.
Joseph put together his best collegiate season in 2018. From his outside linebacker position he led the Gators with 93 tackles, including nine for loss with four sacks, and five pass breakups.
His best game last season came against LSU when he posted a career-high 14 tackles including 3.5 for loss. It earned him SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Escaping the loss
Joseph’s mother is a Jamaican native who emigrated to the United States before Vosean was born. He still has relatives there. Joseph also has family elsewhere in the Caribbean in both the Bahamas and Haiti.
Part of the reason Joseph chose to attend Florida was to escape the negative influences in his neighborhood in South Florida. He lost four childhood friends during his time in college to violence in his native Miami.
“In the beginning, it hurt me bad,” he told the Miami Herald. “But at the end of the day I know they’re watching over me and I’ve just got to move on from that. It happens so much down there to the point that you just get numb to it. Like you can’t cry no more.”
Where NFL teams really make their money at the NFL draft isn’t in the first or second round. On Day 3 is where teams really make their mark on their roster if they can find diamonds in the rough.The Bills ended up selecting four players in the third and final day of the draft. Of them, one has caught the attention of NFL analyst and former quarterback Chris Simms, Florida linebacker Vosean Joseph.Simms said Joseph wasn’t the best linebacker in the draft, but he ranked him right up there with the likes of Devin Bush and Devin White, who were selected at 10 and fifth, respectively.
“This was, I thought, the third most impressive linebacker I watched,” Simms said of Joseph. “I saw this kid and I just went he’s a lot like Darius Leonard who won rookie of the year last season. In every game I watch, he’s all over the ball. And for not a big guy, he plays really well in the trash and is a true ball-hawking linebacker.”
Joseph, a senior, will come to the Bills and project as a player who can eventually take over for linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, as a pass rusher and special teamer, upon his retirement.
As a junior, Joseph had a team-high 93 tackles with nine for loss and four sacks.
Here’s Simms’ full explanation on what he likes about the Bills linebacker: