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Five Things You Need To Know About Karl Joseph


The Oakland Raiders used their first round pick (No. 14 overall) to bolster their revamped secondary by selecting West Virginia safety Karl Joseph.

Get to know more about the newest member of the Silver and Black.

1. Hail West Virginia!

Joseph played his college football at West Virginia University, and in 2016 he won't be the only former Mountaineer wearing Silver and Black.

Newly-signed outside linebacker Bruce Irvin also played collegiately in Morgantown and was in Joseph's ear leading up to Thursday's draft.

"I know Bruce and Bruce Irvin had been in contact with me this week, telling me that [the coaching staff] had been asking about me, but I never really thought much of it," said Joseph via conference call. "It was a surprise and I couldn't be any happier right now."

 2. Brains And Braun

Joseph was obviously an outstanding college football player – he started all 42 games he played in and was a CBS Sports All-American (second team) recipient as a senior – but he also excelled off the field.

In addition to his accolades on the field, he was also on the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll as well as the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

3. He didn't spend Draft Day in Chicago – or even in the United States

The former West Virginia was born in Haiti, and on the biggest day of his professional life, he decided that's where he wanted to celebrate with his friends and family.

Karl Joseph At West Virginia

"Both my parents were born [in Haiti], so I still have a lot of my mom's family over here," Joseph explained. "I decided I wanted to come out here and do something special with my family and kind of enjoy it and stay away from the all the distractions, come out here and enjoy it with the family."

4. It's time to head West

While Joseph has been out of the country on multiple occasions, he's never been to the West Coast – California in particular.

The furthest West he's traveled? Arizona.

5. Confidence isn't an issue

"I'm a dog," Joseph said. "I'm sure all the coaching staff will tell you that. I think I play with that intensity. I play with a chip on my shoulder. I'm very confident in myself and I play with a deep passion and love for the game. I don't think there's anybody else in the draft that plays with more passion than me."

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