Scouting Report: Joe McKnight

Written by Rob Engle on April 21, 2010

Joe McKnight

Position: RB School: USC
Height: 5’11 3/8" Weight: 198 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.45

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

3rd Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 4
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 9
Strength/Explosion 10 7
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 4.5
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 4.5
Potential 10 6.5

Running Back Specific Categories


Max. Value


Between the tackles 8 4.5
Outside the tackles 8 7
Receiving 6 5
Ball carrying 8 6.5
Vision 10 9
Elusiveness 8 7
Pass Blocking 8 5.5
Leg Drive 8 3
Break Tackle 8 3

Explanation of Player Grading System


Shifty back. Good long speed and playmaking ability. Good receiver. Good lateral agility and vision – quick cuts. Very productive in his short career. Very elusive and tough to tackle in the open field.


Not physical at all. Injury prone and was never completely healthy. Toughness has been questioned. Runs very upright. Has almost no leg drive and doesn’t get many yards after contact.


McKnight is so injury prone and soft that he could be hard pressed to get any significant playing time in the NFL. He will get on the field if a team wants to utilize his playmaking ability (as a receiver and change of pace back), but it’s doubtful that he ever is a starting tailback.


Used in the heavy rotation of running backs at USC during all three seasons.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: Honorable mention All-Pac 10.
2007: Honorable mention All-Pac 10.


Unknown major at USC.


Sprained knee in 2007 offseason. Missed 2 games in 2008 with turf toe. Hyper-extended elbow during 2008 offseason. Dislocated four toes in the 2009 Rose Bowl.

Career Stats
Year Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards TD
2009 164 1014 6.2 54 8 22 146 0
2008 89 659 7.4 55 2 21 193 1
2007 94 540 5.7 65 3 23 203 1

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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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