First-round safety Karl Joseph was a surprise pick by the Oakland Raiders, but like the organization typically does, they go after the guy they believe in the first round for better or worse. At least a couple seasons will have to pass until the final decision is made on whether or not Joseph was a good pick, but he will not be a starter going into the regular season.
Joseph was expected to be the starter for much of the preseason, but on the official team depth chart released Tuesday, he was demoted to the second team behind veteran Nate Allen.
“I didn’t expect anything given to me,” Joseph told the Bay Area News Group. “I’ve just got to keep learning, keep getting better and keep growing as a player and everything else will fall in its place.”
Joseph went on to say that he’s confident in his abilities to gain a starting role, but it’s still disappointing to see this at the start of the season. The Raiders were a laughing stock for poor decisions made in early rounds of the NFL Draft, but in recent years they have done quite well with additions like Khalil Mack, Derek Carr and Amari Cooper.
Whether or not Joseph was a misstep and divergence from the recent smart decision-making will be up in the air for some time.
Joseph was the 14th overall pick in the recent draft out of West Virginia. He was a first-team All-Big 12 player in 2014 and a second-team All-American in 2015.