Photo of Jake Knott
Grade
60.2 ?
  • 6'2" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 243LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

In his senior year of high school, Knott was the ninth-ranked prospect in Iowa. He was named to the elite all-state team and was Class 4A first-team all-state by The Des Moines Register after recording 99 tackles with seven tackles for loss, three sacks and two interceptions. He also played receiver on offense, catching 37 passes for 844 yards and five touchdowns. In addition to football, Knott also lettered in baseball as well as in track and field. Knott was offered baseball scholarships by Iowa and Northern Iowa, but ultimately chose football.



Knott got onto the field as a true freshman, making 23 tackles, two for loss, on defense and special teams. He was an All-Big 12 honorable mention as a sophomore, when he racking up 130 tackles, six for loss, four interceptions, and five pass break-ups. Knott was a second-team All-Big 12 pick by league coaches as a junior (115 tackles, four for loss, two interceptions, four forced fumbles). In his senior season, despite missing the team’s final four games due to shoulder surgery, he earned first-team All-Big 12 honors. On the season, Knott totaled 79 tackles (six for loss), five pass breakups, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

Analysis

Strengths

Hard-working outside ‘backer who covers a lot of ground and is willing to stick his nose into run plays. Flashes speed to reach the sideline in coverage, also the change of direction to attack quick throws after dropping into his zone. Secure tackler, can break down to stop momentum and has enough quickness and upper-body strength to grab ballcarriers on the fly. Willing to eat fullback blocks in the hole to free up other defenders, uses his strength to work through blocks to the ballcarrier. Should be an excellent special teamer with his intelligence, aggressiveness and agilty.

Weaknesses

Needs to get his hands up to take advantage of his strength to shed blocks consistently, can be moved out of plays by stronger receivers and tight ends in the run game. Not necessarily a hammer as a tackler, ballcarriers can slip out to get extra yardage. Hasn’t been used as a pass rusher very often, lacks great closing speed but could be a factor around the line with his quickness and tackling ability.

NFL Comparison

Lorenzo Alexander

Bottom Line

Knott’s been a team leader and productive player alongside fellow linebacker A.J. Klein. Knott is athletic enough to play the Sam position or inside in a 3-4 scheme, as well as a special teams contributor at the next level. If his shoulder checks out medically, he should be a mid-round selection.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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