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2018 Draft Profile: Joshua Kalu

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Career Stats at Nebraska:

215 tackles (2 sacks), 27 passes defended, 7 interceptions (1 for TD), 3 forced fumbles.

Kalu was a solid performer all four years at Nebraska. He played nickel and special teams as a true freshman, nickel/corner as a sophomore/junior, then transitioned to safety as a senior.

NFL Combine Results:

Height: 6’ 0”

Weight: 203 lbs

Arms: 32 3/4”

Hands: 10”


40 Yard Dash: 4.58 sec

Bench Press: 17 reps

Vertical Jump: 41.5 in

Broad Jump: 134.0 in

NFL Scouting Assessment:


  • Has frame to make full-time transition to safety
  • Athletic ability is decent
  • Has background as cover corner
  • Able to line up over big slot receivers
  • Can crowd and body receivers in their routes
  • Sub-package qualities
  • Pursues runners and closes out receivers with good speed
  • Aggressive at catch point
  • Good toughness
  • Plays off blocks in space to make sudden tackles
  • Proved he could pursue with improved patience and leverage against Iowa and Akrum Wadley
  • Makes reads and shades deep coverage
  • Click and close transitions


  • Indecisive in diagnosis and trigger against the run
  • Loses out on opportunities to limit rush yardage
  • Has frightening total of missed tackles thanks to over-pursuit
  • Lacks body control in change of direction
  • Not naturally instinctive player
  • Adjustment to safety is a work in progress
  • Pursuit angles are inconsistent
  • Can chase and tackle, but lacks instincts to stop plays from succeeding
  • Questionable ball tracker
  • Production doesn’t match the talent

So you signed him. What did you get?

An athletic safety with pass coverage ability that needs development in pursuit angles.

Projection: 6th-7th round pickup