By: Steve Johnson
Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 6 game (special teams)
2017: 8 games. 24 rec, 321 yards
Injuries: Ankle injury as a Senior in HS ended his season after one game.
History: Walk-on. Attended Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, TN. Played WR as a junior in HS, before growing 4 inches and gaining 50 pounds. Three-year track letterman, was part of the 4x200m relay to a state runner-up. Will forego his Senior season, has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Strengths: Size/speed specimen. Good size and length. Very good athlete. Has made some nice adjustments on bad balls. Flexibility and body control are impressive. Can create separation in an instant, fluid mover. Good get off. Shows glimpses of being able to be a good run blocker in his future. Stronger and faster than you think.
Weaknesses: Extremely raw, saying he was a late bloomer would be an understatement. Played some WR and QB in High School, 2017 was his first season at TE. Has limited experience blocking in-line. You can tell he is still processing too slowly in the run game, it’s just not familiar to him yet. More of a straight line guy, lacks some agility and RAC ability. Isn’t going to juke anyone, or break any tackles.
Overview: Raw, size/speed specimen that will likely rise up boards during the combine. Knox has very limited experience at Tight End, less than 30 career receptions and ZERO touchdowns (as of writing).
Draft Projection: Top 50 Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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