ECU Defensive Tackle Linval Joseph Headed To NFL Draft

According to, ECU junior defensive tackle Linval Joseph is headed to the NFL draft.

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East Carolina junior defensive tackle Linval Joseph will forego his senior season and enter the 2010 National Football League Draft according to a confirmatory announcement by the league Tuesday.

He was included among a list of 53 players released by the NFL who have been granted special eligibility for this year's draft, scheduled for April 22-24. Joseph met the league's three-year eligibility rule and submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility with the Pirates.

The Santa Fe (Fla.) High School product was a two-time All-Conference USA performer who recorded 60 tackles this year - a team-high 13.0 of those coming behind the line of scrimmage for lost yardage. He was credited with five or more stops on six occasions and was the unit's co leader with 14 quarterback hurries, tallying a combined six in division and conference championship-clinching wins vs. Southern Miss and Houston.

In 41 career games, Joseph booked a total of 143 tackles, 29.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks. The NFL Draft will start in primetime for the first time in 2010.

The first round will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m., while rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. The entire NFL Draft will be televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

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  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 23, 2010 at 04:26 PM
    WOW I can't believe ECU have just beaten USC. Yes Sir, ECU over USC. USC had NOT had a player picked so far. I salute you ECU. Good luck to Mr. Joseph!
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    Darren: Panthers HC John Fox was at the USC Pro Day. Don't you think perhaps he was scouting DE/OLB Everson Griffen? I'm just saying!
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Feb 19, 2010 at 05:35 PM
    A lot of comments have been made by both ESPN draft gurus Mel Kiper,Jr. and Todd McShay. Not a single word about Joseph has been uttered...
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Jan 23, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    Darren, I'm a Panthers and ECU fan, and even I have to say slow down on the idea of Joseph replacing Peppers.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    Darren: Check this link and please read about Griffen: Later
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 22, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    Darren: With ALL due respect you are ridiculous, Joseph to replace Peppers? You are definitely delusional. Joseph a first rounder, do you have anymore LSD jokes, please? You should know that I am an USC Trojans fan. Having said that I hope you don't tell me that Joseph is better than Everson Griffen projected to go around 16-18. Have you heard of Griffen? My prediction is that Joseph will go undrafted and will be picked-up as a free agent at best... BTW maybe coach McNeill talks him out of it. Later
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:17 AM
    deadfish, what are you talking about on grammar? There is nothing wrong with it, oh and BTW, Linval was definately a better player than Khalif Mitchell was in the ECU days. Linval is one of the better guys that came out of ECU that will go pro, but still wont have as much of a career as Chris Johnson or David Garrard I don't think. I could be wrong about that. Perhaps Linval can get picked up by the Panthers and get moved to the DE position and the Panthers can get rid of Peppers. Panthers do not need him and need to save up the money for something else.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 21, 2010 at 10:37 AM
    Darren: Your grammar and sentence construction need a lot of work. Next don't forget to take your correct medication for your delusional CFB knowledge, OUCH? I'll go on a limb and say free agent. Check Khalif Mitchell another former Pirate DT who is on the 49ers practice squad via free agency. He's an OL project suggested to Mike Singletary 49ers HC. Unless I'm wrong I think Mitchell is a better player than Joseph. He can go the combine work outs without signing with an agent. That way if it doesn't work-out he can play in his senior year. Either he needs money desperately or somebody sold him a lot of hot air, who knows? Good luck young man because you are going to need it.
  • by Baker Location: Williamston on Jan 20, 2010 at 05:48 PM
  • by CYA Location: Greenville on Jan 20, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    Good for him. He's making a good move. He had guys that made him look good this past season, so his stock probably could not get much higher than it is right now. His senior year would have had him surrounded by inexperience.... which would have dropped him into obscurity.
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