Could the Kentucky football program have another first round draft selection in the coming months? According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper, it’s on the table.
In Kiper’s latest rankings of the top 25 prospects in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, Kentucky’s own Kelvin Joseph came in at No. 25 overall, placing him firmly in the first round conversation.
In fact, the ESPN draft guru listed the standout cornerback as “one of the biggest risers” in the 2021 draft class.
“Joseph is one of the biggest risers in this class. His 2020 tape — his lone season at Kentucky — is excellent,” Kiper said. “A former four-star recruit who signed with LSU, Joseph is a third-year sophomore who sat out the 2019 season. He had four interceptions in 2020, including a pick-six against Tennessee. Check it out here. He has ball skills and instincts to cut off passes and he’s tough in the run game, too. Joseph has all the tools to be a great pro.”
Sitting at No. 25 overall, Joseph came in as the fourth-best cornerback in the class, sitting behind only Caleb Farley (Virginia Tech), Patrick Surtain II (Alabama) and Jaycee Horn (South Carolina).
1. Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
2. Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
3. Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
4. Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
5. Elijah Molden, Washington
6. Shaun Wade, Ohio State
7. Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
8. Aaron Robinson, UCF
9. Keith Taylor, Washington
10. Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
Outside of Joseph’s standout ranking, two other former Wildcats were included in Kiper’s top position rankings, with Drake Jackson coming in as the No. 8 center in the draft and Max Duffy rated as the No. 5 kicker/punter overall.
Here are the top rankings for both positions:
1. Landon Dickerson, Alabama
2. Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
3. Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
4. Josh Myers, Ohio State
5. Michal Menet, Penn State
6. Drew Dalman, Stanford
7. Trey Hill, Georgia
8. Drake Jackson, Kentucky
9. Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt
10. Ryan McCollum, Texas A&M
Kickers and Punters
For Kiper’s entire top 25 and position rankings, click here.