With a surplus of resources, Bills General Manager Brandon Beane packaged his two 4th-round picks (112th and 131st overall) to move back into the round three and select Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox with the 96th pick.
The @buffalobills have selected TE Dawson Knox with the 96th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Learn more about the Ole Miss product: pic.twitter.com/u1OmzpdRxm
— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) April 27, 2019
At 6’4″ and 254 pounds, the former Rebel has the size and mobility to move all around the formation. A willing blocker with athleticism to create mismatches in the receiving game, he could become a major contributor in time.
The @buffalobills trade up in the 3rd round to grab @dawson_knox!
Congrats Dawson. 🙌#HottyToddy 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/qygF64ctn8
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) April 27, 2019
Though Knox has the traits to flourish in the NFL, the same can’t be said of his production at the collegiate level. Playing in an offense which lacked top talent at the QB position and possessed three highly productive WRs, he was barely utilized in the passing game, resulting in pedestrian numbers. In 18 career games, Knox caught just 39 passes for 605 yards and never scored. This needs to change in Buffalo.
Dawson Knox wasn’t super productive in college, but that should change with the Bills https://t.co/ZqoWMPVHBo
— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) April 27, 2019
The Bills needed another tight end badly, and Beane saw Knox playing in person last year. The talent and potential are there; it’s a matter of opportunity and coaching to help the big target take a leap at the next level.