NFL Draft Analysis: Johnny Knox, WR, Abilene Christian Wildcats

by John Kotch Jr. on March 24, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Abilene Christian wide receiver Johnny Knox is entering the 2009 NFL Draft as a speedy prospect with a high upside. After transferring from Tyler Junior College before the 2007 season, Knox enjoyed great success with the Division II Wildcats.

In 2008, he led the team with 56 receptions for 1,069 yards and 13 touchdowns, including a big game in the Wildcats' 93-68 playoff win over West Texas A&M. Knox totaled five receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown to lead his team to a victory in a game that set the NCAA Division II record for total points scored. The two-time First-Team All-Lone Star South receiver finished his career at Abilene Christian with 30 touchdowns.

Strengths

  • Very fast, running the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine
  • A legitimate deep threat
  • Solid route runner
  • A threat in the open field and can also play kick returner

Weaknesses

  • Has not faced elite competition
  • Not a great blocker
  • Could face a tough transition into the NFL
  • Very light for an NFL wide receiver (5-foot-11 1/2, 185 pounds at his Pro Day)

Expected draft placement

Many teams like to find a potential star late in the draft, and Knox could fit that role perfectly this year. He's a wide receiver with a lot of upside but also one who could require a few years to get used to the NFL before he becomes successful. He is expected to be a late-round pick, anywhere between Round 4 and Round 6; he's already gained the attention of a few teams. There is an outside chance he could be drafted into the high third round if a team covets a slot receiver with return ability.

Knox has had private workouts with the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. He is scheduled to meet with the Dolphins again April 14-15. Those three teams could all show interest in the fifth round, especially since the Eagles pick only two spots ahead of the Patriots, who pick only two spots ahead of the Dolphins. Knox is an exciting prospect who may interest many teams looking for a potential late-round steal.

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John Kotch Jr. has been a KFFL contributing writer since 2007.

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