Jake Knott Scouting Report

Jake Knott Iowa State

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Prospect: Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 246
Grade: 7.0 (Grading Scale)


Scouting Report:

Athleticism:
+Good positional speed, able to run around blocks.
+Bends well, flexible body with good agility.
+Above average leaping ability, tips a lot of balls over the middle.
+Good size and strength profile, has room for a little more bulk.
-2012 season ended by shoulder tear.

Run Defense:
+Quick and fast enough to run around blocks and get there on time.
+Has the strength to take on guards, shed and attack the back.
+Diagnoses plays quickly, fantastic instincts.
+Fights through traffic, excellent hustle and motor.
+Has a knack for creating fumbles – 10 on his career.
-Occasionally takes poor angles to the sideline.
-A bit too aggressive at times, will over-pursue.
-Misses his share of tackles, comes in a bit wild at times.

Coverage:
+Able to stick with receivers in man coverage on crossing routes.
+Reads patterns well in zone, breaks on the ball quickly.
+Excellent ball skills, locates the ball very well and gets it at its highest point.
+Good timing, able to stick his hand in and disrupt the catch.
+Gets good depth on his drops, rarely sucked up by play action.

Blitz:
+Used in a variety of ways, inside/outside, stunts – limited opportunities.
-Not a big pressure guy, totaled only 1.5 career sacks and 6 hurries.

Intangibles:
+Strong, vocal leader of the entire team – team captain.
+Coach on the field, tutors younger players off the field.
+Willing to play hurt, does whatever is needed of him – incredibly tough player.
+Scholar athlete at Iowa State, active in the community.

Overview:
Knott is the type of football player that you want on your team. He exudes leadership and will do anything it takes to put your team in a winning situation.

If you’re looking for an outside linebacker to get after the quarterback, this isn’t your guy. However, if you want a guy that flows to the ball with ease and can make plays in coverage, you’ll find a spot for Knott.

He shouldn’t have to come off the field in the right scheme in the NFL. As a “Will” or a “Mike” in a Tampa-2 system, Knott should be a solid addition to any NFL defense.

Scouting Notes

Iowa State vs Oklahoma State
-Zone drop, reading the patterns of slot receivers.
-Good depth on zone drop, helped make QB throw it high.
-Disguises defense well, flies in from the numbers to assist on tackle.
-Comes on an “X” blitz, picked up by the center.
-Recognizes screen, gets to the sideline quickly to make the tackle.

Full scouting notes for Knott vs Oklahoma State.

Iowa State vs Iowa
-Outruns block from guard, bends and able to clog up the play for a loss.
-Drops into zone, reads the route well and forces a throwaway.
-Great speed, covers “speedy” wide receiver on crossing route, incredible burst to the ball.
-Nice depth on the zone drop, gets a tip on the ball.

Full scouting notes for Knott vs Iowa.

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Jake Knott, Scouting Notes

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