“Draft Day success starts with Combine success," Deion Sanders as “Leon Sandcastle” said in the 2014 Super Bowl commercial. "Roll my tape.”
That was also the last time the Texans had the No. 1 overall pick.
Joseph recalls the first-overall selection, Mario Williams, as well as other first rounders Reggie Bush, and A.J. Hawk. While he did not spend time watching their performances during drills, he did recall talking to potential Texans teammate
He also spoke with several teams during the interview process. When asked which team he thought would draft him based on his interviews, he said that Cincinnati or Houston never crossed his radar.
The Bucs did select a player in the first round by the name of Joseph, but it wasn’t Johnathan. It was Oklahoma guard Davin Joseph. One pick later, Cincinnati selected Joseph at No. 24 and he would go on to have a lucrative 5-year career with the Bengals. It definitely came as a surprise to Joseph.
“I didn’t even meet with the Bengals (at the Combine), actually,” Joseph said. “I didn’t have a workout with the Bengals. I didn’t have anything with the Cincinnati Bengals.”
In 2011, Joseph signed with Houston and went on to have back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons with the Texans. This year as the Texans, with their third No. 1 pick in franchise history, may have other future standouts present. Who knows who they will be?