Essentially, he'll be doing the same for the Green Bay Packers.
After the draft, Packers general manager Ted Thompson acknowledged the team lacked depth at outside linebacker. Knicky will be one of three undrafted free agents invited to join Brady Poppinga and Cyril Obiozor as the possible backups behind Clay Matthews III and Brad Jones.
"Absolutely, that's part of the reason I picked Green Bay," Knicky said on Wednesday, a day before flying to Green Bay for the three-day rookie orientation camp that starts on Friday. "I saw that there is an opportunity there for me to play. I want to go in and work my butt off and see if I can get a job up there."
The two-time All-American posted 12 sacks as a junior and led FCS as a senior with 12.5 sacks. Knicky (6-4, 252) ran a 40-yard dash as fast as 4.63 seconds at his pro day.
"He's just relentless," Stephen F. Austin defensive ends coach Erik Slaughter said. "He's a student of the game. He's going to study like no other. He's going to put so much time and effort into being prepared both physically and mentally. He's such a hard worker. Then, just his mind-set. He's just a relentless player with his effort. His relentless attitude is what makes him hard to start."
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After productive freshman and sophomore seasons in which he earned honorable mentions on the all-Southland Conference teams, Knicky burst onto the scene as a junior and continued with a dominant senior campaign.
"A lot of it was speed. I have a great first step off the line," Knicky said. "A lot of it goes back to film study, looking at your opponent and seeing where you can beat him. Then, kind of just set him up throughout the game. You're going to get blocked sometimes, but sometimes, getting blocked isn't all that bad because you can see an opening for what you can do next time. I tried to use that a lot, just making adjustments by myself."
Knicky said he met with the Packers a few times during the draft process, including at the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game. It was at that game where Knicky moved from defensive end to outside linebacker. He impressed the scouts with his fluidity after just a few practices at the position. A former academic all-conference pick, Slaughter said it wouldn't take Knicky long to learn his new role.
Knicky knows all about outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene's outstanding NFL career and is looking forward to embarking on his new career.
"It's definitely a dream come true. I'm ready to get up there and start working," he said.
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