2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: UTEP LB Tyrice Knight

Tyrice Knight scouting report

Tyrice Knight

UTEP

Report Grade

Position Rank

12

Overall Rank

176

Tyrice Knight

UTEP

Player Comp

Projection

Height

6010

Weight

240

40 Time

4.80*

Class

Redshirt Senior
* Projected

LB

Combine Measurables

Arm Length

N/A

Hand Size

N/A

Wingspan

N/A

3 Cone

N/A

Vertical

N/A

Broad Jump

N/A

Bench Press

N/A

Shuttle

N/A

Career Stats

YearSchoolClassGamesSolo TacklesAssisted TacklesTotal TacklesTackles For LossSacksInterceptionsPasses DefendedForced Fumbles
2018Independence CCFR000000000
2019Independence CCFR102929584.00.0540
2020UTEPJR82628542.51.0000
2021UTEPJR1357441017.52.0141
2022UTEPSR124847956.51.0152
2023UTEPSR12845614015.54.5071

Strengths

  • High motor rusher that won’t give up on plays until the ball is on the ground
  • Identifies the ball through traffic extremely well and can attack the ball carrier at a high level in traffic
  • Gets hands up to bat down passes at the line of scrimmage

Weaknesses

  • Would like to see him develop more patience at the point of attack
  • Can struggle to stay with targets on intermediate routes downfield

Bio

2024 NFL Draft: Tyrice Knight Draft Profile and Scouting Report

Tyrice Knight is an inside linebacker for the University of Texas at El Paso. He’s a ball hawk on defense that always seems to be in on the play for the Miners. In 2020, Knight made 6 starts for UTEP, playing in 8 total. He became a full-time starter for the university in 2021. Over his last three seasons for UTEP, he has over 300 total tackles, including 2 interceptions, 16 pass breakups, and 4 forced fumbles. He capped off his collegiate career with an invite to the 2024 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Tyrice Knight 40 Time

Projected 40 Time: 4.80 seconds

Following two seasons at Independence Community College, Tyrice Knight has spent the last 4 seasons of college ball at UTEP, playing inside linebacker for the Miners. He possesses solid height and weight for the position when compared to the league average in the NFL. Our projected 40 time of 4.80 seconds is slightly slower than the average, but not by much.

Knight displays excellent awareness to get his hands up at the line of scrimmage to affect the quarterback’s vision. Shows to have a good ability to read the ball in traffic and attack the ball carrier with efficient angles and quickness. He’s a high motor rusher that won’t give up on plays until the whistle is blown. Moves well laterally when dropped into coverage to mirror and stay within range on short routes across the field.

However, I would like to see him remain more patient at the line of scrimmage to let plays develop before attacking gaps. Despite the high tackle stats, there are some inconsistencies in his tackling ability. Has shown flashes of struggling to stay with his target on intermediate routes downfield or outside the numbers.

Recruiting Bio

Tyrice Knight graduated from Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, Florida. Out of high school, Knight was a two-star prospect according to Rivals and ESPN, while 247Sports gave him a three-star rating. He scored 78.25 in the On3 Industry Ranking system. Coming out of high school, Knight chose to attend Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, site of Netflix’s Last Chance U. Following two seasons, Tyrice Knight transferred to the University of Texas at El Paso.

According to On3, Tyrice Knight also had an offer to play for Jacksonville State. In December of 2019, Knight committed to play for UTEP and signed his letter of intent shortly thereafter. He officially enrolled in August of 2020.

Accolades

  • 2023 First Team All-Conference USA
  • 2023 Butkus Award Preseason Watchlist
  • 2022 Second Team All-Conference USA