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Opinion: Vosean Joseph gives Buffalo Bills a high-upside developmental defender

When in doubt: Draft high-motor athletes.

After patiently waiting through the entirety of the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Florida linebacker Vosean Joseph with the 147th overall pick. The 6’1” 230-lb Joseph immediately draws comparisons to 6’0” 223-lb Matt Milano, Buffalo’s fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

While Joseph wasn’t able to work out at the NFL Combine, his speed, change of direction, and explosion are apparent on tape. He’s rangy, he’s dangerous on blitzes, and he plays with his hair on fire. In other words, exactly the style of player that Sean McDermott likes to play in his defense.

Even as a rookie, Joseph will be able to contribute to the team by playing on special teams. Joseph needs to practice diagnosing route patterns and covering in space. His tape has plenty of mental mistakes and corrections by his teammates. If he can figure that out, this is a player who could fill in at any linebacker spot for the Bills. When you reach day three of the draft, you aren’t expecting to find starters. You’re hoping to draft good athletes with growth potential. Joseph checks that box, and that’s good enough for me. Another good draft pick by Brandon Beane and the Buffalo Bills.