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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Terrance Knighton

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 321 | College: Temple
 
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Overview

Knighton's large body and fair athleticism is coveted by NFL scouts. The 2008 first-team All-MAC pick contributed heavily as a true freshman (after a post-graduate year at Milford Academy) before earning the starting nod in each of the next three seasons. He averaged 56 tackles, 7.5 for loss and four pass breakups from 2006-2008, while recovering six fumbles and blocking four kicks over the past two years. Teams looking for a one-gap 4-3 nose tackle will be most interested in Knighton.

Analysis

Positives: Good height, length and girth for his position. … Better-than-expected straight-line speed and change-of-direction ability, able to sniff out and disrupt screen plays. … Will chase plays downfield. … Strong upfield rush, either up the shoulder of his defender or splitting double teams. … Uses his long arms to wrap up in the open field or track down ballcarriers coming through the hole. … Flashes violent hands, especially when his man retreats off the snap in passing situations. … Active knocking down passes and blocking field goals because of his push, arm length and large hands. … Keeps cut blocks off his knees. … Athletic enough to quickly jump on loose balls and get down quickly in short-yardage situations.

Negatives: Might be a nose tackle and three-technique "tweener." … Not particularly explosive off the snap. … Doesn't play as strong as his size would indicate and he will stand after the snap, giving up leverage. … Needs to use his hands more consistently at the line to free himself to make plays or to bull rush his man into the pocket. … Doesn't have many pass rush moves. … Must be more consistent pressing after the initial pop.

2008 Season

Team captain … played in all 12games with 11 starts … also saw playing time with the field goal and PAT?units … finished the season with 54 tackles, including 35 solos, five break-ups, a team-best three fumble recoveries, a hurry, and blocked kick, and a sack … had five tackles at Army … received the starting nod against Connecticut and held the starting spot for the rest of the season … had three tackles, including one for a loss of two yards … had four tackles and fumble recovery at Buffalo … had three tackles at No. 16/15 Penn?State … had five tackles and a break-up against Western Michigan en route to the coaches' defensive player of the week honor … had an assist and a fumble recovery in the win at Miami … at Central Michigan, finished with six tackles, including two for a loss … in the win over Ohio, recovered a fumble-- his third of the season-- with 4:43 remaining, which led to Temple's game-winning touchdown just moment's later … finished the game with four tackles and two break-ups … had nine tackles, including seven solos, at Navy … his blocked extra point in the fourth quarter was his first of the season and fourth blocked kick of his career … had nine tackles, including seven solos and a TFL at Kent State … also forced a fumble … earned the coaches' defensive player of the week honor four times during the season, including three consecutive games (Ohio, Navy, KSU) … in the win over Eastern Michigan, had three solo tackles and a break-up … in the final game of his collegiate career-- the win over Akron-- had two solo tackles, including a sack … lettered.

2007 Season

Played in all 12 games with 11 starts … finished the season with 8.5 TFL and a team-best three fumble recoveries … the recoveries ranked fourth among all MACplayers … had a career day at Army … led the Owls with three blocked kicks on the season … recovered two fumbles, the first of his career, blocked a 54-yard field goal attempts, swatted a pass at the line of scrimmage, and had a sack against the Black Knights … named the coaches' defensive player of the game … scored his first career touchdown in the win over NIU … returned a fumble recovery 66 yards for the score … named the coaches' defensive player of the game following the win … had eight tackles at Ohio … named the coaches' defensive player of the game in the win over Kent State … recorded a career-high three tackles for loss against the Golden Flashes … named both the coaches' defensive and special teams player of the game after game at Western Michigan … had two blocks in the game … blocked his first career PAT in the second quarter … before the quarter ended, added a blocked field attempt … finished the game with a career-high eight solo tackles … lettered.

2006 Season

Played in 12 games (11 starts) as a second-year sophomore … Made 57 tackles (32 solo), 6.5 TFLs, three sacks, two FFs, two QBHs and four PBUs … Was the coaching staff's defensive player of the game at Vanderbilt after making one sack, two TFLs and four total tackles … Had a season-high eight stops (two solo) and a FF versus BGSU … Also posted sacks against Buffalo and Kent State.

2005 Season

Played in 10 games as a true freshman and earned a start in the season final at Navy … Made 17 tackles (10 solo), 3.5 TFLs and one forced fumble … Forced a fumble against Toledo … Had a season-best 11 total stops and 2.5 TFLs at Navy … Was one of 11 true freshmen to see action and one of five to earn starts.

High School

Attended Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., playing both TE and DL under head coach Bill Chaplick … Made 70 tackles and six sacks in 2004. … Was a two-year varsity letterwinner at Windsor (Conn.) High School, playing tight end and defensive end under head coach Mark Welch … Earned All-State honors from the coaches association and Hartford Courant All-Area accolades in 2003 … Made 30 catches for 400 yards and four TDs as a junior … Was elected to the Governor's Cup Rhode Island-Connecticut All-Star Game … Was also an All-CCC West League basketball player.

Personal

Criminal justice major.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 3/72, Terrance Knighton, DT, 6-3, 317, Temple...Knighton was not highly coveted by all teams, but with the Jaguars he has a chance to make an immediate impact. The team needs someone who can line up next to John Henderson and make an impact in the defensive line. Knighton has clocked sub-5.0 speed in the 40-yard dash and at 317 has the size that he'll be tough for opponents to move. The question is the caliber of player he played against in college and how that could impact his immediate contribution to the Jaguars.

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