The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2021 NFL Draft with the cornerback position at the top of their priority list. Either Patrick Surtain or Jaycee Horn, the top two cornerbacks in this year’s draft class, were expected to be the Cowboys pick at 10. However, they went off the board with the eighth and ninth picks, forcing the Cowboys to trade back two spots and grab linebacker Micah Parsons at 12.
When the second round came about the Cowboys finally pulled the trigger on a cornerback and took Kelvin Joseph out of Kentucky, who some had a first-round grade on. The former Wildcat will participate in the Cowboys rookie mini-camp this weekend, and he’s ready to prove that things such as where you get drafted are irrelevant.
“Draft status really doesn’t matter at this point,” Joseph said, via the team’s website. “I’m ready to get to work with my team. It’s a blessing to be selected in the second round. I’m ready to fill a young role as a leader and come in ready to play and work with the vets.”
Joseph started his college career at LSU in 2018. Unfortunately, he was suspended ahead of the team’s bowl game and entered the transfer portal. After sitting out a year due to transfer rules, Joseph resumed his collegiate career at Kentucky in 2020, and in just one season showcased his ability by leading the SEC with four interceptions. However, he opted out with one game left to focus on the NFL Draft, making some question his commitment when factoring in what happened at LSU.
When asked about it on Thursday, Joseph was straightforward in his answer.
“People are going to doubt regardless,” Joseph said on Thursday. “I’m just trying to get to work with my team and go win a Super Bowl. As far as people talking about commitment issues, I’m all in. I’m with my team.”
Joseph will get his first opportunity to earn the star on his helmet this weekend, and the second-rounder is looking to not only improve his game but also build relationships with his teammates.
“I’ll be getting my technique and my game ready for the first preseason game so I can showcase to the whole world what I’ve been working on.
“This weekend I want to bond with my teammates, get to know them a little bit more so we can create a better brotherhood, and get ready to face the next opponent.”
Joseph is expected to contribute early and give the Dallas Cowboys another young stud for the future at cornerback opposite 2020 second-round pick Trevon Diggs. His opportunity is here, now it’ll be interesting to see how he develops before the season starts in September.
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