Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WR Johnny Knox to visit Dolphins

Abilene Christian wide receiver Johnny Knox is scheduled to visit the Dolphins, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 22-year-old wideout and returner played two seasons at Abilene Christian after transferring from Tyler Junior College in 2007. He was a two-time All-Lone Star Conference selection and was the conference's receiver of the year as a junior in 2007. Knox finished his ACU career with 118 receptions for 2,227 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Despite being a small school product, Knox is considered a prospect on the rise due in large part to his blazing speed. Knox impressed teams at February's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis by running a 40-yard dash clocked between 4.29 and 4.34 seconds.

NFL Draft Countdown currently has Knox ranked as the draft's 30th best receiver prospect and a possible late-round pick, though I'm guessing Wright will move him up before the draft on April 25. Wright also has Knox listed as the 15th best sleeper in this year's draft.

Meanwhile, NFL Draft Scout has Wright as the 150th overall prospect and a fourth- or fifth-round selection. This seems more appropriate given Knox's workout numbers.

Knox is certainly someone Miami will consider in the middle rounds, as they have needs at both wide receiver and returner. Knox has the ability to contribute in both areas and his return skills would allow Ted Ginn, Jr. to focus on receiver.