Dawson Knox

Mississippi
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Prospect Info

College
Mississippi
Hometown
Class
Brentwood, TN
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
254 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.76
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
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Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
--
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.12
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.27
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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While Knox did not score a touchdown in 2018, he showed an ability to stretch the field for the Rebels. His 15 receptions went for 284 yards, a whopping 18.9 yards per catch. Knox was a quarterback at Brentwood Academy in Tennessee but missed all but one half of one game his senior season due to injury. He signed with Ole Miss as a tight end prospect and redshirted the 2015 season as a walk-on while getting stronger and healthier. Knox played in six games on special teams in 2016 (though he nearly played quarterback due to an injury to starter Chad Kelly) before getting his chance to contribute on offense the following year. He started nine of 10 games played in 2017, catching 24 passes for 321 yards (13.4 average). Dawson's brother, Luke, was a freshman linebacker for the Rebels in 2018.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Kyle Rudolph
Overview
Outstanding combination of measurables and traits, but he's much more moldable clay than game-ready prospect at this point. Knox lacks early speed and short-area quickness which could limit his ability to uncover underneath but he's much more dangerous when allowed to roam the middle of the field as a more linear route-worker. His pass-catching production may never matchup with the testing numbers, but his aggressiveness and talent as a run-blocker could provide him work as a combo tight end for years to come.
Strengths
  • Carries NFL-caliber frame along with him
  • Workout freak-daddy with good explosion and speed numbers
  • Flexible hips to sink and expedite his whip routes
  • Tracks and adjusts to the throw
  • Build-up speed is impressive
  • Catches it away from his frame in space
  • Competitive runner after catch
  • Can make a tackler miss or hit them with some power
  • Accurate, heavy hands at point of attack
  • Strikes with leverage and churns feet looking to bury his man
  • Punches with good extension in pass pro
  • Gives good effort to stay in front of rusher.
Weaknesses
  • Workout testing doesn't manifest itself on tape often enough
  • Pace can be a little sluggish underneath
  • Route turns and breaks lack desired burst
  • Never scored a touchdown in college
  • Will get out-breaking routes jumped
  • Has dealt with nagging injuries since high school
  • Bad blocking reps usually involve lunging
  • Needs to keep head back and see what he's striking
Sources Tell Us

"Honestly, I thought they could have gotten way more out of him than they did. They've got all those mouths to feed but he should have had more tastes. And I like the effort in the run game. Dog qualities to him." - NFC area scout

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GRADE
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