From those who cover college football, Knox is receiving praise. If his production continues in the receiving department and his blocking can take another step forward, a question lingers: Could he work his way onto an NFL roster?
The biggest positive is that Knox matches the prototypical modern tight end — a bigger guy capable of blocking, but who gets his chops with yards. Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts is the perfect example of a prototype.
While getting selected in the NFL Draft may seem unlikely at this stage, finding a team isn’t. The overall tight end prospect view leaves something to be desired. Guys like Notre Dame’s Michael Mayer and Georgia’s Darnell Washington top draft boards at the position.
While the overall depth of the potential class is solid, there is a bigger drop-off in talent. For Knox, that could mean an opportunity, which was all he needed during his transition in Fayetteville.
Arkansas tight ends coach Dowell Loggains deserves tons of credit for his development of Knox. He has proven the ability on the recruiting trail as well. Arkansas currently has three four-star tight ends committed for 2023, including its top two commitments overall, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
If Knox continues to develop and perform consistently, things look really good for that group going forward. As the numbers work themselves out week-by-week, watch the targets to Knox. That’s a massive indicator.
Once Briles’ offense starts to overly prove tight ends as dangerous, that adds fuel to the fire. That could start this week when South Carolina comes to town.
It should be expected that the Gamecocks will keep more of an eye on Knox in the film room. That added focus could open up other aspects of the passing game.
What may hurt Knox in the end is him being THE tight end. There isn’t someone behind him — yet — that defenses will need to worry about.
Athletes such as Shamar Easter, Jaden Hamm, and Luke Hasz will hopefully reverse that. If Knox does decide to move on after this season, he could be leave a proud legacy. He could be the spark that proves Arkansas can return to the table designated for “TEU.”
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