19 Apr 2017 05:41 PM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Trevor Knight attempts pass. (Image Source: Getty Images)
According to a report by NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, the New York Jets have worked out former Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight.
Measurables: Height: 6’1”; Weight: 219 pounds; Arm Length: 30 5/8”; Hands: 9 7/8”
One of the more undersized quarterback prospects in this draft class, Knight is short and lacks the frame teams like in their passers. Not only is the stature not there, but is arms are very short. The only attribute that is considered above average are Knight’s large hands, which some covet when evaluating quarterbacks.
Production: After throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl as a redshirt freshman there were high hopes for Knight in Norman, Oklahoma. He was inconsistent in his sophomore season which saw him throw just 14 touchdown passes to 12 interceptions and then in his junior season he was beat out by Baker Mayfield for the starting role. Set to be a backup as a senior, Knight was a grad transfer and left the Sooners for Texas A&M. As an Aggie, he threw for a career high 2,432 yards and 19 touchdowns (7 INTs), but he was a part of one of the least productive passing offenses under Kevin Sumlin. Knight also completed a career-low 53.3 percent of his passes as a senior.
The Combine: Knight may not have measured well at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he crushed it in the drills. The SEC/Big 12 product ran a blazing 4.54 40-yard dash, while posting an impressive 7.04 three-cone time and an even better short shuttle (4.14). Like his 40 time, Knight’s 10’5” broad jump and 35 ½” vertical jump, were near the very top of the leaderboard among quarterbacks.
Pro Day: All 32 teams were on hand, with the general managers for the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers among those in attendance. Knight went through a scripted workout but stood on his impressive combine numbers. He completed all but three of his passes, two of which were dropped. According to reports, Knight looked good and threw well on the move.
Skill Set: During his redshirt season at OU, there were whispers of the next Johnny Manziel because of all the playmaking ability Knight displayed during practice. He’s an elite athlete and at times he’d make the highlight play, however not nearly consistent enough, which is why some believe he should consider a move to safety. For now, we’re evaluating Knight as a quarterback. He’s at his best when on the move, whether it means rushing the football or throwing outside the pocket. A solid passer on short to intermediate routes, Knight really struggles with his accuracy and velocity when he’s asked to throw the ball down the field. That’s where most of his turnovers come.
Need: We’ve already documented New York’s need at the quarterback position. Everyone knows the Jets are desperate for a franchise signal caller. With three quarterbacks on the roster, what they don’t need is depth or a project, which is what Knight is. They already have young quarterbacks in Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, who both have higher ceilings than Knight.
Projection: Knight might be a late Day 3 pick, either round six or seven, if he gets drafted at all. It makes sense for the Jets to do their due diligence on as many quarterback prospects as possible but I’d be surprised if they call Knight’s name in the draft. Now if the Aggie goes undrafted they might call his agent as soon as the draft is over. In that scenario, Knight would be a training camp body as the No. 4 quarterback, with a chance to make the practice squad, as well as provide insurance against injury.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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