Knight Secondary Headlines Draft Prospects

Although the Knights are off to a disappointing 2-4 start, some of their individual players has been noticed by NFL scouts. There have been scouts from various NFL teams taking in some of the action at Bright House Networks Stadium, and as we look among the top seniors in Conference USA, the Knights secondary is rich with draft prospects. Here's how they look...

A surprise to no one, cornerback Joe Burnett is the top prospect at his position in the C-USA, and one of the top prospects in the nation. Burnett is the closest thing to a shut-down corner that exists in the pass-happy conference, and his explosive special teams abilities add even more value. Burnett has 25 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 6 pass breakups. Despite not playing offense, Burnett leads the team in all-purpose yards with 137.7 per game, and averages 15.2 yards per punt return and 32.5 yards per kickoff return. With a strong combine, Burnett could be as high as a first-round pick.

Right behind Burnett is teammate Johnell Neal. Neal is overshadowed a bit by Burnett, but is having a very solid season in his own right. Neal has 20 tackles, is tied for the team lead with three interceptions, and five pass breakups. Neal could be a late second-day pick, and could boost his stock with solid offseason workouts.

Free safety Jason Venson is the third-ranked prospect at his position in the C-USA. The physical safety has had an off and on season defending against the pass, but Venson is one of the team's best tacklers. On the season, Venson is second on the team with 37 tackles, has two sacks, two interceptions, and one pass breakup.

Strong safety Sha'reff Rashad is the top ranked prospect at his position in the C-USA and the 6'0", 198 lb. Knight is coming off a 2007 season in which he was voted second team all-conference. Rashad is tied with Neal for the team lead in interceptions with three, and he has 24 tackles and a team high seven pass breakups so far this year.

Some other Knights that are rated among the top prospects in C-USA are offensive tackle Patrick Brown, defensive end Antonio Wallace, outside linebacker Cory Hogue, injured wide receiver Rocky Ross, offensive lineman Michael Lavoie, and offensive lineman John Hafferty.


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