The Bills drafted linebacker Vosean Joseph with the 147th pick in the fifth round. Joseph is a native of Miami, FL and played his college football at Florida.
1. Finished strong
Joseph put together his best collegiate season in 2018. From his outside linebacker position he led the Gators with 93 tackles, including nine for loss with four sacks, and five pass breakups.
His best game last season came against LSU when he posted a career-high 14 tackles including 3.5 for loss. It earned him SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
2. Escaping the loss
Part of the reason Joseph chose to attend Florida was to escape the negative influences in his neighborhood in South Florida. He lost four childhood friends during his time in college to violence in his native Miami.
“In the beginning, it hurt me bad,” he told the Miami Herald. “But at the end of the day I know they’re watching over me and I’ve just got to move on from that. It happens so much down there to the point that you just get numb to it. Like you can’t cry no more.”
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3. Island roots
Joseph’s mother is a Jamaican native who emigrated to the United States before Vosean was born. He still has relatives there. Joseph also has family elsewhere in the Caribbean in both the Bahamas and Haiti.