Raiders take ball hawk in Round 1


The Raiders got their man.

Karl Joseph, a safety from the University of West Virginia, will join the Silver and Black after being selected with the 14th overall pick.

Joseph posted outstanding numbers during his collegiate career — nine interceptions in 41 games, with 16 tackles for loss and seven passes defensed —- and will be competing with Nate Allen and Reggie Nelson for a starting job in 2016.

Joseph was widely considered the top safety in the draft, and the Raiders had a major need in the secondary after allowing the 7th most passing yards in 2015.

Known as a hard-hitting defensive back, Joseph missed half of his 2015 season with an ACL injury sustained in a non contact drill. At the time of the injury, he was the FBS interception leader and will be looking to make an impact in a division void of any high-impact quarterbacks.

Jason Leskiw is SFBay’s Oakland Raiders beat writer and member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow @SFBay and @LeskiwSFBay on Twitter and at for full coverage of Raiders football.

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