NFL Hot Press: Trevor Knight Impresses as a Sleeper QB

Trevor Knight Impresses as a Sleeper QB

Updated March 6, 2017
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

There is a lot of debate about the 2017 quarterback prospects. After their workout on Saturday, sampled teams across the league to find out who impressed them the most in Indianapolis, and the results were mixed. We did hear from multiple teams about a sleeper quarterback who has impressed them, and that is Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight. After playing at Oklahoma, Knight transferred to the Aggies for his senior year and showed athleticism with toughness. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Knight did not elevate himself into the discussion with the early-round signal callers, but a number of teams said they really like him as a late pick or priority undrafted free agent. 

A top NFC scout broke down Knight for and why they view him as a sleeper who could be a nice value. Here is what the scout said:

“My sleeper is Trevor Knight. Outstanding athlete, he made a lot of big plays this fall when healthy. They had deficiencies up front and in pass protection. Their scheme is very simplistic, but they had good receivers. When given time, he found guys and you could tell he sees the field well. Big-time threat with his legs breaking containment. Very good at ad lib. He’s a bigger and stronger-armed Jeff Garcia. Some accuracy woes because of load phase inconsistency in his delivery, but Knight was accurate when able to set his feet (which was rare behind that line). Some might think he could transition to safety because he’s big enough, athletic enough, and tough as crap. He got walloped a bunch and kept getting up and competing. He had the best leadership traits of any quarterback at the combine. Front-of-the-line guy, and the other players gravitated to him. He was named a team captain after only two months at A&M.

At 6-foot-1, 219 pounds, he doesn’t have the bone structure to be more than like 225. He’s fine where he is and the good quarterback evaluators will probably look past the accuracy stats and into the why. They’ll see him having to make hero plays way too often and the high percentage of deep shots they took in that scheme inhibits his completion percentage (as deep throws historically do). In West Coast concepts, he was actually fairly accurate working the underneath/mid range game because he’s got a good enough arm and coverage ID to beat defenses with his mind to offset longer delivery. That’s from talking to quarterback coaches during the drills. Watching the guys live and feeling the throws. Knight spins it well also.

Knight probably won’t get drafted, but I’m betting some team has its eye on developing him as a backup-caliber guy.”