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Kelvin Joseph ranked No. 25 player in 2021 NFL Draft, No. 4 cornerback

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

1. Jose Borregales, K, Miami (FL)
2. Evan McPherson, K, Florida
3. James Smith, P, Cincinnati
4. Zach Von Rosenberg, P, LSU
5. Max Duffy, P, Kentucky

For Kiper’s entire top 25 and position rankings, click here. 

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

14 Comments for Kelvin Joseph ranked No. 25 player in 2021 NFL Draft, No. 4 cornerback

  1. stx1968
    6:36 pm February 10, 2021 Permalink

    Didn’t he quit the team?

    • Miller45
      12:49 am February 11, 2021 Permalink

      Is Joey Gatewood a quitter too? Serious question

  2. City shuffle
    6:46 pm February 10, 2021 Permalink

    Honestly i have to say im a huge Kelvin fan. I dont understand why its not a more widely used metric for temperature. Fahrenheit and Celsius just to so situational, while Kelvin is universal. Congrats for Kelvin Joseph, i hope he’s picked by a good team and has a long prosperous professional career.

  3. BlueBanker18
    6:51 pm February 10, 2021 Permalink

    Duffy got snubbed. He’s #1.

  4. neat1ky
    7:04 pm February 10, 2021 Permalink

    Yep, quit on us and Duffey not #1 is a joke just like Austin not making a team as a kicker

  5. Booher
    8:36 pm February 10, 2021 Permalink

    Didn’t quit just seen weaver tear his ACL the week before this His future he was thinking about

    • ClutchCargo
      9:09 pm February 10, 2021 Permalink

      Stupidly shoving the opposing QB after the whistle could have gotten him badly hurt He didn’t let that stop him, though. ?

    • ClutchCargo
      9:10 pm February 10, 2021 Permalink

      😉 not ?

    • blueblood80
      10:19 pm February 10, 2021 Permalink

      He was not a Wildcat Football player and is forever forgotten. He is a quitter. He is selfish. Whomever drafts him is making a mistake, he is not that quick nor fast. Overhyped pu*k.

  6. east-ky-boy
    10:46 pm February 10, 2021 Permalink

    I didn’t like that he didn’t play the last regular season game either. I understand. I do wish him well though. I really do. What bothers me more than anything is his attitude during games. The kid is talented for sure but you don’t get a dumb penalties and hurt your team. I think that should be more of a factor for nfl teams more that the quitting part.

    • stx1968
      12:03 am February 11, 2021 Permalink

      That’s a great point. There were character issues all season long, but that first game where he was determined to run his mouth all game no matter how many times he was embarrassed did it for me. I hope it works out for him, it’s pretty clear he didn’t come from a nuclear family and there’s no telling how many siblings/aunts/uncles he has to support.

  7. Miller45
    12:57 am February 11, 2021 Permalink

    It is still good for the program and good for recruiting to send players to the NFL, and a good pitch/selling point to prospective transfer players I’m not disagreeing with anyone I wasn’t crazy about his antics but I do hope he does well

  8. TBW3011
    3:41 am February 11, 2021 Permalink

    Not surprised. He’s a stud despite the clowning he took from the on air experts here when a NFL WR caught a couple miracle catches against him.

  9. Swizzle
    11:22 am February 11, 2021 Permalink

    Pacman jones 2.0. Gonna be an issue for whoever drafts him.