[Photo provided by the University of Dubuque.]
Phil Savage, director of the Senior Bowl, came to Dubuque last fall and an invitation to the game was extended. Joseph, now close to 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, had eight interceptions for Dubuque last fall despite the fact that many teams didn’t even look his way.
At the Senior Bowl, he matched up against Division I receivers from schools like Penn State and Colorado.
“Coming from Division III, you don’t get to go against that kind of talent every single day, but I felt like I belonged. It was a taste of what I could see at the next level,” Joseph said. “It was definitely a fun experience, but really dizzying. Meeting with just about every NFL team, going over little things.”
Joseph is now training near San Diego. He’ll be at the NFL Combine in March, with private workouts for NFL teams after that. Joseph has been told that teams are attracted to his ball skills, his length and athleticism, and that speed from his 40 time. The NFL Draft is April 26-28.
Regardless of where he winds up, Joseph knows his journey has many miles to completion.
“I can’t get satisfied now. This is really just the beginning,” Joseph said. “I gotta make up for those four years in high school.”