Another Illini has entered their name into the 2022 NFL Draft.
On Sunday evening, All-Big Ten defensive back Kerby Joseph announced his intentions to go pro.
… ✌ pic.twitter.com/VFhX3w1Bb4— Kerby B. Joseph (@JKERB25) December 12, 2021
Joseph had a historically good year, becoming the first Illini DB since Vontae Davis in 2008 to be named to All-Big Ten First Team.
He had a monster senior year, being the top-graded defensive back in the nation, per Pro Football Focus. He also tied for first in the country with five interceptions.
But Joseph isn’t just a defensive back — he’s a safety. And that’s what makes his accomplishment even more historic, as no Illini safety had earned first-team honors since Mike Gow in 1973! Nearly 50 years ago!
In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Joseph only had 19 tackles. He only had 26 tackles through his first two seasons (2018-19), but this year finished with 57 alone (including 41 solo tackles).
Several other Illini have already also declared for the Draft, including Khalan Tolson and Daniel Barker.