The 2019 NFL Draft found its first Williamson County connection Friday night.
At Pick 96 of the draft’s third round, the Buffalo Bills selected Brentwood Academy alum and Ole Miss tight end Dawson Knox.
Knox spent his time at as an Eagle as a quarterback before transitioning to be a pass-catcher in college.
“A lifelong dream is about to become reality this weekend,” Knox said on Twitter ahead of his selection this week. “Excited just to sit back and see where God wants me to be for the next few years of my life!!”
He’ll now go to join quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills. Fellow tight ends in Buffalo are Tyler Kroft, Jason Croom and Jake Fisher. He should have a chance to contribute right away in the Bills offense.
He is the first WillCo product taken in the draft, with Centennial’s Emanuel Hall and Tyrel Dodson and CPA’s Paul Adams will waiting to hear where their NFL careers will be.
SB Nation’s Charles McDonald wrote this about Knox, who he feels could be a breakout talent in the NFL.
“Despite the concerns about his production in college, Knox still looks like a solid NFL prospect,” he said in an analysis. “Ole Miss had a lot of mouths to feed in its offense, and he just ended up being an afterthought at times.
“Knox’s ability as a receiver should get him on the field early as a rookie. In a class filled with a few stud tight end prospects, Knox could end up being the best of the bunch.”
Hall, Dodson and Adams should know their new destinations Saturday when the draft resumes for its final rounds.
Photo from Ole Miss Athletics.
— The Rebel Walk (@TheRebelWalk) April 27, 2019
We’ve drafted TE Dawson Knox with the 96th overall pick.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 27, 2019
Brentwood ➡️ Ole Miss ➡️ NFL
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) April 27, 2019
The @buffalobills have selected TE Dawson Knox with the 96th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
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— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) April 27, 2019
Dawson Knox !!!! Let’s go boy… show the world @dawson_knox
— Donte Moncrief (@drm_12) April 27, 2019
— Matt Luke (@CoachMattLuke) April 27, 2019