Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 Age: 27
Born: 11/3/1986 Houston , TX
College: Abilene Christian
Selected By: Chicago Bears
Pick (Overall): 4 (140)
Perhaps no player has improved their draft stock since the end of the 2008 season than Johnny Knox. With his stellar performances in college All-Star game action, coupled with an outstanding performance at the Indianapolis Combine, the Wildcats receiver has had NFL scouts scrambling back to the film room to see the deep threat in action.
With his blazing speed and natural hands, Knox was the favorite target of Abilene Christian quarterbacks. In just two seasons at the school, he set the ACU and Lone Star Conference all-time record with 30 touchdown receptions. In just 25 games for the Wildcats, he caught 118 passes, the seventh-best career total in school history. His 2,227 receiving yards placed fifth on the team's all-time record list.
Knox was not highly recruited coming out of tiny Channelview High School, despite earning first-team all-state Class 4A honors from Texas Prep. He was named all-district 23-4A first team and Offensive Most Valuable Player after leading the Houston area prep ranks in touchdown catches and receiving yards in 2004.
In 2005, Knox enrolled at local Tyler Community College. He appeared in four games as a true freshman, snatching eight passes for 137 yards (17.1 avg.) and two scores. The 2006 season would be his "coming out party," as he paced the Texas junior college ranks with 11 touchdowns among his 37 catches for 886 yards, leading the National Junior College Athletics Association with an average of 23.95 yards per reception. He was rated the ninth-best receiver in junior college by Rivals.com.
Knox transferred to Abilene Christian in 2007, earning second-team All-America and first-team All-Southwest Region honors. The All-Lone Star Conference first-team pick was also named the league's Receiver of the Year, as he set school and LSC season records with 17 touchdown receptions.
Knox tallied 1,158 yards receiving, the fourth-best total in school history, grabbing 62 passes in the process (18.7 avg.). He added another score on seven carries for 26 yards (3.7 avg.), returned eight punts for 92 yards (11.5 avg.) and had four kickoff returns for 85 yards (17.0 avg.). He ranked second on the team, averaging 104.69 all-purpose yards per game, starting all 13 contests in 2007.
As a senior, Knox was again named All-American, All-Lone Star Conference and all-region. He led the team with 56 receptions, becoming just the second player in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving (1,069) twice in a career. He averaged 19.1 yards per catch, scoring 13 times. He averaged 104.67 all-purpose yards per game, as he returned three kickoffs for 75 yards and 13 punts for 96 yards (7.4 avg.).