Nov 6, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Kerby Joseph (25) celebrates an interception to win the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the fourth quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MARCH 06: Kerby Joseph #DB54 of the Illinois Fighting Illini runs a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 06, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
The Illinois football team saw 10 of its players get signed to NFL rosters this offseason.
Where does each Illini rookie stand just one week ahead of the start of full practices?
Out of the 10 players competing for an NFL spot, three players were drafted while seven were signed as undrafted free agents. Defensive back Kerby Joseph, offensive tackle Vederian Lowe, and center Doug Kramer were the three drafted Illini.
Kerby Joseph was selected by the Detroit Lions in the third round, pick No. 97, of the 2022 NFL Draft.
#Illini safety Kerby Joseph has been selected by the Detroit Lions No. 97 overall.
— Andy Olson (@WCIA3Andy) April 30, 2022
According to ESPN, the former Illini safety is listed as the Lions’ third-string strong safety. Joseph will get his chance to climb up the depth chart once veterans report to training camp on July 26 and when full-contact practices begin on July 30.
Joseph will get even more of an opportunity to prove his worth during the Lions’ three preseason games
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