The Denver Broncos have shown quite a bit of interest in some of the tight ends in this year’s class, including Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox.
The Denver Broncos have shown a level of interest in a number of the best receiving threats at the tight end position in the 2019 NFL Draft process, and apparently have some level of interest in Ole Miss Rebels tight end Dawson Knox as well.
The Broncos brought Iowa Hawkeyes star Noah Fant to town for a pre-draft visit. They also brought San Jose State’s Josh Oliver in to visit the facility.
They didn’t bring Knox to the team facility that we know of, but they had a presence at the Mississippi pro day and one report from that pro day indicates the team is ‘very interested’ in the ultra-athletic tight end.
Some feel like Knox is the third-best tight end in this class behind TJ Hockenson and the aforementioned Fant, despite his overall lack of statistical production.
It’s truly a wonder Ole Miss wasn’t able to win more games than they did with the athleticism they had at the skill positions.
Knox had 39 catches over the past two seasons and not a single touchdown in his time with the Rebels. That’s somewhat staggering for a player who posted these athletic measurables.
Weight: 254 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.51
Short Shuttle: 4.18
Those numbers are pretty other-worldly for a tight end. The Broncos would undoubtedly have to use their second-round pick — 41st overall — if they intend on bringing Knox in as one of their draft picks.
How comfortable would we be with that pick? Knox has all of the physical skills and has shown flashes of the type of receiver he’s capable of being, but with only 39 career receptions, I wouldn’t sleep overly easy at night until this guy produces.
Going to the NFL, you have to project some and fit guys who have talent into your system as well, though. George Kittle had just 42 catches (though 10 were touchdowns) in his final two seasons at Iowa before going to the NFL Draft.
He also had just 314 yards as a senior with the Hawkeyes, and then had over 200 yards receiving in the first half against the Denver Broncos last year.
You just never know until a guy gets into a camp.
Knox’s athletic traits are so intriguing, but the lack of production is concerning. I would be much more comfortable with him in round three than round two. The Broncos may not have the luxury of waiting if they want him badly enough.