Lets see...ways stats can vary between these two:
- Level of competition. Lets see...SEC...or Mid-Eastern conference...SEC...Mid-East...football...Just because you predicted I'd use it doesn't mean it's not significant .
- Roles. Cody is the NT on a 3 man line that plays like a true pro 3-4. Joseph is on a 4 man line.
OK, only two, but it explains alot. Also, the stats of a NT in any good D never, ever reflect his role in a D...someone who is so in on the football stuff should know this basic fact.
1. Please stop rolling your eyes via emoticons...neither of us are 16 year old girls.
2. Joseph was known as the least hardest worker on East Carolina's pretty talented DL, hence his 3-5 round grade until recently. All he's done since then is workout well and........what? Seriously, 90% of the stuff put out since the combine is bs and noise. Hell, boards doesn't even move so drastically or unexpectedly come combine season for a good scouting department.
3. Since I know you'll touch on this...Yes, 'Bama is loaded with studs on the DL. He also made other players better or more useful than they were before. Washington was a decent college NT before Cody came in and took the position while letting him play his true 3-4 position (DE). Deaderick looked better than he was with Cody, though at his best he's better than the 6-7 rounder that the shoulder injury probably makes him. Chapman is a good young NT possibly, but for all his talent he didn't beat out Cody. Dareus looks like a stud, but we'll have to see if he puts on weight and actually becomes a stud.
Joseph was consistently outplayed by Jay Ross in college. The same is true of Cam Thomas to every other DL on Carolina's line (DE's included). No one on Cody's DL outplayed him except in flashes.
Also, even if I know your answer as you play your part, do you actually believe Alabama wins a NC without Cody? Why didn't they do it before then if he's just some fat slob DT?