Kelvin Joseph using “extra motivation” from brother’s passing as he prepares for NFL

In his lone season at Kentucky, Kelvin Joseph racked up 25 total tackles and 14 solo to go with four interceptions and one pass deflection in nine games. His four interceptions finished tied for eighth in college football.

He had his ups and downs, but when NFL teams turned on the film and got the chance to see him in person at Kentucky’s Pro Day event in March, it became clear that Joseph would hear his name called in the first two nights of the NFL Draft.

In Mel Kiper Jr.’s final Big Board released on Wednesday, the standout cornerback came in at No. 67, while ESPN’s Todd McShay has Joseph coming in at No. 64 overall and No. 9 among cornerbacks.

No matter where the former Wildcat is taken, he feels he’s the best cornerback in the class.

“Once I get to the NFL, you’re going to see a playmaker, the all-around best cornerback,” Joseph said in a pre-draft feature with the NFL. “… My style of play? Very aggressive, play with pride, discipline. Just me being a leader all around, helping my team make plays.”

When asked about his biggest inspiration as he takes the next step in his football career, Joseph said the loss of his little brother is something he uses as “extra motivation” both on and off the field. When he lost his brother, he says he lost a piece of him.

“The moment of my life that shaped me into the man I am was when I lost my little brother. He drowned in a pool,” Joseph said. “It brought me down a little bit, but at the same time, I used it as motivation. That’s the fuel to my fire, every time I step out, I’m doing it for him and doing it for my family. I know they’re watching me.

“Every time I look up there, I see him. It’s just extra motivation because it’s like a missing piece to me, but I know he’s with me. I feel like he’s making all this happen.”

Now, all eyes are on Joseph as he finds out where his football journey takes him next, with the NFL Draft set to begin Thursday evening at 8 p.m. ET.

“Draft day, it’s going to be a celebration,” he said. “This is my chance to make it happen, for real, and I’m not letting up.”

Check out the complete feature on Joseph below:

Best of luck this weekend, Bossman Fat.

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