2022 Guide: What Ourlads’ NFL Scouting Services said about ZONOVAN KNIGHT:
North Carolina State, 5112 209 4.58. Junior entry, three-year starter, Bailey, NC. Earned All-ACC honors in 2020 and 2021, first-team as a returner last season. Has the body and flashes on tape to create optimism around his long-term potential. Can create big plays from his vision and cutback ability. Returners and quality pass catchers out of the backfield with his size are not common. He seems to fall short on consistency and competitiveness. Does not break through arm tackles like he should and his effort as a blocker is suspect. A unique prospect with the tools to be a contributor on offense and special teams, but his margin for error will be small. Has the prototype build and body type. Can run behind his pads with a solid pad level. Easy flexion across his lower body joints allows him to cut in and out of traffic with ease. Stays square to his path while changing direction. Avoids the trash on the ground with consistent high steps and accurate foot placement. Excellent vision in the open field, will see things before they exist. Maximizes his speed with proper use of angles and timing. Easy hands as a receiver and will bring above average return ability with a unique style. Can get tight-hipped and too straight-forward as a ball carrier. Could use more creativity in the running game. Inconsistent power when it comes to breaking tackles. Will sometimes run smaller than his size.
2021 stats: 753 yds, 5.4 ypc, 3 TD, 16-550 KOR, 34.4 avg, 2 TD. OSR:25/28. Fifth/sixth round. (A-30 1/2, H-9 1/4, BP-DNP, SS-DNP).