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Raiders work late, sign top pick Karl Joseph to 4-year deal

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Oakland Raiders

With their third signing of the evening Monday, the Raiders got the most important of their draft picks locked it. The team announced around 9pm they have signed 14th overall pick safety Karl Joseph.

The deal will be four years with a fifth year option which is standard for first round contracts. Per his draft slotting, the contract figures to be worth a total of $11.88 million over the life of the contract which averages $2.97 million per season according to overthecap.com.

Joseph played four seasons at West Virginia, starting 42 games. He totaled 284 tackles (209 solo), eight interceptions, 12 passes defensed, two sacks, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries over his career. He was a team captain as a junior and senior and holds the school record with eight forced fumbles.

As a senior, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder played in four games for the Mountaineers last year before suffering a season-ending injury. At the time of his injury, he ranked first in the nation with 1.3 interceptions per game (5 interceptions in four games). In 2014, Joseph was named All-Big 12 First Team by conference coaches and All-Big 12 Second Team by the Associated Press.

Also signing this evening were 7th round pick Vadal Alexander and 4th rounder QB Connor Cook.

That leaves just four draft picks left to sign; Jihad Ward (2nd round), Shilique Calhoun (3rd round), DeAndre Washington (5th round), and Cory James (6th round).