BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 54/7.5/1. Junior totals included 56 tackles after
57 as a sophomore.
POSITIVES: "Explosive defender with a good degree of upside potential. Plays with good pad level, quick off the snap, and shows a burst
of speed. Works his hands to protect himself or get off blocks, collapses laterally to defend the run, and chases around the
field trying to make plays."
NEGATIVES: Handled at the point by a single blocker. Possesses just an average change of direction. Overweight and poorly conditioned.
Does not always play to his size.
ANALYSIS: "Knighton is a well-sized lineman who flashes ability, yet he does not play with a high level of consistency. He has the underlying
skill and athleticism to make a lineup and be used in a rotational system. Knighton must adhere to year-round conditioning
and play at his ability on an every down basis to have a career at the next level."