Kelvin McKnight

Samford

Prospect Info

College
Samford
Hometown
Class
FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 8"
185 lbs
31”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

4.99
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

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Despite his diminutive frame, McKnight has been a major contributor for the Bulldogs since stepping on campus. He was the Southern Conference's Freshman of the Year in 2015 with 57 receptions for 616 yards (10.8 average) and two scores and also returned punts (15-189-12.6, one TD). The two-time All-Area pick at Bradenton, Florida's Manatee High School earned second-team all-conference honors in 2016 for his receiving (70-896-12.8, nine TDs) and punt return skills (22-192-8.7). As a junior, he earned his first of two first-team All-SoCon honors by grabbing 86 passes for 1,179 yards (13.7 average) and 12 scores while again returning punts (12-74-6.2). He completed his career by being named to the second-team Associated Press FCS All-American squad after ranking second in the division with 100 receptions and 1,453 receiving yards (14.5 average). He scored nine times through the air in addition to returning punts for the fourth straight season (25-188-7.5).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
The size and speed numbers say McKnight is unlikely to be a "make it" receiver, but proved to be an absolute route chef against his competition with the ability carve and cook defenders on a regular basis. While his crisp feet and precise routes are a plus, he will have to speed the routes up and get out of breaks quicker. If he can beat NFL press defenders effectively off the snap, he's got a chance to make it.
Strengths
  • Production over last three years includes 256 catches and 30 touchdowns
  • Above-average explosion testing for a slot
  • Plays with excellent body control
  • The more complex the route, the better
  • Works with hip sink and crisp feet into breaks
  • Sets up cornerbacks with lean and cut stem work
  • Outstanding recognition of space vs
  • zone
  • Jitterbug in tight quarters to slip tackles
  • Adds yardage after catch
  • Secures the catch through big contact
Weaknesses
  • Big numbers, lesser competition
  • Disappointing 4.62 40-yard dash at pro day with slow 10-yard split
  • Could struggle to get off the line against press
  • Need to expedite route pace on next level
  • Faster into his breaks than coming out
  • Defaults into body catching at times
  • Occasionally cuts routes short into traffic
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