Pro Football Focus: St. Croix’s Linval Joseph Was Third Highest Rated Interior Defensive Player in 2015
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The eye test tells us that Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph is a dominant force, but how good is he exactly?
According to Pro Football Focus, Los Angeles’ Aaron Donald and Houston’s J.J. Watt were the only interior defenders that graded out higher than St. Croix’s Joseph in 2015.
Joseph is 6-foot-4, 329 pounds and serves as Minnesota’s primary run-stuffer. He finished the 2015 season with 56 tackles, half a sack, a forced fumble and a defended pass.
Donald and Watt were each named first-team All-Pro for their efforts; the only thing that kept Joseph from joining them on that exclusive list was a foot injury that cost him four games and hampered his production down the stretch.
Since signing with the Vikings as a free agent before the 2014 offseason, Joseph has become an integral part of Mike Zimmer’s defense.
If he can stay healthy and his team continues to rise in 2016, there’s a good chance he’ll gain some long overdue national attention for his work in the trenches.