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Johnny Knox
SELECTED BY: Bears Round 5 (4)
SI Grade
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School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
5-11.5, 185
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BIOGRAPHY: "Junior-college transfer who started the past two seasons, winning all-Conference honors after each campaign. Senior receiving totals included a team-leading 56/1,069/13 with a 19.1 average are reception. Also averaged 7.4 yards on 13 punt returns. Totaled 62/1,158/17 at receiver as a junior, with an 11.5 yard average on a punt returns."

POSITIVES: "Explosive pass catcher with reliable hands and game-breaking speed. Displays a lot of quickness to his game, immediately gets to top speed and runs sharp routes, getting separation from defenders. Shows good field awareness and always on the same page as the quarterback. Consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame, and possesses soft hands. Plays with terrific balance, body control, and easily makes the difficult reception running full speed. Possesses good eye/hand coordination, nicely adjusts the errant throw, and makes the reception in stride. Consistently finds the open space in the defense, comes back into the clearing to make himself an available target, and effectively uses his frame to shield away defenders."

NEGATIVES: "Choppy with his footwork into breaks. Does not consistently translate his timed speed onto the football field. Has a thin build and must get stronger, as he is likely to have difficulty handling jams in the NFL."

ANALYSIS: "Knox turned in two productive seasons at Abilene Christian and was one of the nation's best small-school receivers. He performed brilliantly at the combine, posting a tremendous workout, and then doing much the same in the position drills. Knox possesses all the skills to produce quickly at the next level as a third receiver, and his return skills are added value."

PROJECTION: Fourth Round

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