Here are five things to know about the Buffalo Bills' second third-round pick, Dawson Knox from Ole Miss.
1. He’s a wide receiver-turned-quarterback-turned-tight end. Knox joined Ole Miss as a walk-on out of high school power Brentwood Academy in Tennessee.
According to the Tennessean, he had dislocated his ankle during his senior year in high school in his first start under center as a quarterback. Before that, he had lined up as a receiver for Brentwood.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze gave Knox a shot to be a preferred walk-on, which he accepted.
The 6-foot-4, 254-pound prospect switched positions as a redshirt freshman. He only saw a few games of action on special teams, but gradually he became more and more involved for the Rebels.
Knox ran a 4.54 40-yard dash at his pro day. He ran the 3-cone drill in 7.12 seconds at the scouting combine and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.27 seconds.
— Dawson Knox (@dawson_knox) April 27, 2019
2. His tape speaks more than his stats. When you’re on a team with talent such as D.K. Metcalf, AJ Brown and Damarkus Lodge, it’s easy to be overlooked.
Knox did the best he could with the targets he got. He logged 15 catches for 284 yards last season for Ole Miss; 39 catches for 605 yards in two seasons.
He did not have a touchdown catch in his college career.
While that does not seem like much, he did average 18.9 yards per catch and he remains confident that he can be a solid weapon in the NFL.
“It was frustrating at times,” Knox told Bills reporters Friday night. “I know I have a role. If I’m blocking on a certain play I have to do what I can. I know how much I’m capable of and I wasn’t really able to show it.”
3. Athletics run in his family. Knox’s father, David, was a star basketball player for Belmont in the 1990s. His mother, Rachel, was a sprinter for Tennessee.
Dawson’s grandfather, Ron Knox, also played basketball at Vanderbilt in the 1960s.
Meanwhile, his younger brother, Luke, plays outside linebacker for Ole Miss.
4. He didn’t play just football in high school. Knox was a three-year letterman in track and field. He also won his school’s basketball dunk contest.
5. He’s an honor student. A managerial finance major, Knox was named to the Chancellor’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s Honor Roll each twice in his college career. He was also named to the SEC Honor Roll in 2016 and 2017.