Cowboys 2022 Draft: Kelvin Joseph Reports to OTAs, Open Murder Investigation Won’t Change Team Draft Plan

Kelvin Joseph put himself and the Dallas Cowboys in a precarious position ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft. The former second-round draft pick recently came forward to Dallas police after police approached him for an interview to review the details of a fatal shooting that took place on the night of Dec. March – Joseph did not present any information before police made their formal request last week. Since then, two arrests have been made in the case, neither of them being Joseph, but the case remains open and that means there is still a chance Joseph could face charges.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, began their offseason program this week through volunteer OTAs, and Joseph was in attendance, says team executive Stephen Jones — who has not officially commented on Joseph’s potential guilt or innocence.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Jones told 105.3FM the Fan on Tuesday. “We’re waiting to get all the information. But in the meantime, he was here yesterday and participating in the offseason show… We won’t comment further on this at this time. Investigation is ongoing.

“Obviously we’re getting a lot of details here, but that’s all we’re going to say at this point.”

For clarity, sources told CBS Sports that the Cowboys were not aware of the case involving Joseph until a formal interview was requested by police. And as they finalize their big frame for the upcoming NFL draft next week in Las Vegas, the question of whether they are now elevating the defensive back position as a greater need arises.

For his part, Jones says the Cowboys will stick to the board and take the best player available.

“You’re always looking for the best player on our board, as you know,” he said, before noting wide receiver CeeDee Lamb’s 17th overall pick in 2020. “And not unlike what we did with CeeDee, we We took the best player there when we didn’t necessarily need a wide receiver, the best player on the board.”

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Joseph is expected to compete with Anthony Brown for the CB2 nomination in 2022 after a solid showing in his rookie year.

That said, it’s what the Cowboys may or may not do in the second round of this year’s draft that is also intriguing, as they often use that pick to roll the dice on a player who enters the league with red flags – for example, Randy Gregory , Jaylon Smith, Kelvin Joseph – without much success. Gregory struggled with the NFL front office for years and through multiple suspensions before finally gaining traction at the professional level, leading to a hefty five-year contract with the Denver Broncos in 2022, which was initially to be awarded by the Cowboys. if not for a last-minute contract that detonated the deal.

Smith has also offered some success, returning from a devastating knee injury sustained at the Fiesta Bowl that threatened to completely end his football career – struggling to not only return and become a starter for the Cowboys, but also earn Pro Bowl honors in 2019, before going on to win. regress in the following years for various reasons (e.g. defensive coach change merry-go-round) that led to his release in 2021.

It’s unclear what Joseph might be, assuming no charges are brought against him and he remains a long-term Cowboy (keeping in mind that an NFL suspension is also a possibility here), but one thing is for sure, and that is the fact that you can never rule Dallas out of taking a risky blow in the second round. To that end, however, Jones remains steadfast in the belief that the Cowboys are doing all their due diligence on red flag prospects.

This, for Jones, expressly includes investigating the player’s character.

“I think it’s huge,” he said. “You go into it with every player and you certainly give notes on the risk of your character, and we dig in, at least 25% of the report is based on the guy’s character, football character, personal character, on and off the field. — all the things that go into making up what a football player is going to be and what you project him to be when he enters the NFL. But it’s certainly a big part of the evaluation process when we’re taking a look at how he’s doing. will fit the Dallas Cowboys as we design it to be, on and off the field, and certainly a big part of the evaluation.”

They’re hoping the dice roll on Joseph won’t show in snake eyes, but it seems like a foregone conclusion that they might look for some insurance against that possibility in this year’s draft to help take on the role opposite the All-Pro cornerback. Trevon Diggs for the foreseeable future.

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