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Joe McKnight (RB)
  • Height:
    5'11"
  • Weight:
    198 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/8 in.
  • College:
    USC
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: New York Jets
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 14 (112)
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Pick Analysis: The Jets add a talented playmaker in Joe McKnight. The scat back from Southern California has exceptional open-field ability, and his skills give the Jets another weapon to use in their running back rotation. He could be valuable insurance in the event that Leon Washington's recovery takes longer than expected.

Overview

McKnight is an elusive ball carrier that knows how to set up his blockers and does not need a huge lane to run through. He enjoyed his first full season staying healthy in 2009 and declared early to take advantage of that. He finishes his runs off better than you’d expect for someone his size. He is not a power back but does know how to dip his pads to run through arm tackles and will attack tacklers with an explosive burst. He shows a good burst through the hole and while he has good speed to threaten deep he will get run down from behind at times. He can be an effective receiver both out in the flats as well as downfield.


Strengths

McKnight has elite quickness and agility for the running back position. Has good speed in the open field. Shows impressive vision, waits for the play to develop, finds the cutback lane. Very competitive with the ball in his hands and plays with the attitude of a bigger back. Was productive in college. Exhibits a natural feel setting up blockers.

Weaknesses

McKnight has enough height but lacks the bulk and thick build of an every down back. Doesn’t possess the natural strength to be consistently effective between the tackles. Dealt with some minor injuries in college while sharing the load. Blocking could use some polish. Isn’t a true power runner.

Grade

7.2

 

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