Finally! The Detroit Lions quieted a large portion of the fan base by taking Illinois safety Kerby Joseph with the 97th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Many, myself included, have wanted another legit safety next to Tracy Walker for some time now. Seeing what Walker’s game could turn into with a competent player next to him has always been a fond daydream of mine. The safety room is still by no means a finished product, but taking the University of Illinois product is a step in the right direction, both for the 2022 season and beyond.
The pick earned quite a positive reaction from the Pride of Detroit Community, with 93-percent assigning the pick an “A” or “B” grade.
Let’s take a look and see how analysts and fans reacted to Joseph becoming the Lions’ newest member of the secondary.
New #Lions safety Kerby Joseph is an absolute ball hawk with exceptional range.
He also doesn’t hesitate to bring the wood and punish pass catchers downfield.
— Brett Whitefield (@BGWhitefield) April 30, 2022
Kerby Joseph was with the Lions at the Sr Bowl, had a formal meeting at the combine and had an atop 30 visit. He was gonna be a Lion.
— HonoluluBlue4Life (@4Lawson4) April 30, 2022
- A really cool moment that happened on Joseph’s IG live –
I can see Kerby Joseph starting right out of the gate
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) April 30, 2022
FS Kerby Joseph (#25) is a fun watch. He’s a late bloomer– broke out senior year, still 21 y/o– but he’s got some legit range and ball skills (got moved to WR before moving back to safety) pic.twitter.com/Rpvp8fxw3K
— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) April 25, 2022
Kerby Joseph & Tracy Walker are going to be a fun safety combo to watch for the next 3 years!
— Staffords 5th Child (@TheStafford5) April 30, 2022
Kerby Joseph is one of the best safeties in the draft and we got em baby! STEAL!!!
— Honolulu Blues (@HonoluluBlues_) April 30, 2022