Patriots Look At Big Bodies

New England has been busy stacking their Draft board, but not too busy to take a closer look at a couple of local prospects. We spoke to one of them about his experience.

The New England Patriots were in Connecticut last week looking at a pair of defensive linemen, Temple's Terrance Knighton (T-Knight as he's known by friends) and Hampton's Chris Baker . We caught up with Knighton who was kind enough to spend time talking to us about his workout the previous Thursday.

Knighton isn't fooling himself when it comes to the Draft. He realizes that he may be a second day pick, but he's OK with that.

Not a lot of guys come out of Connecticut to make it to the big time, but there are some names of note.

"Dwight Freeney came from Connecticut, so was Terrell Buckeley," Knighton observes. "Then out of temple you had guys like Raheem Brock and [Dan] Klecko. Brocks having a good career for the Colts and Klecko is doing whatever he has to do for the team."

Those are traits Knighton realizes he too may have to perform.

Still, he knows that where he's been others have succeed in that aspect. Talking about his preparations, Knighton admitted that being recognized is a positive thing. He was award ALL Mac honors and felt it was well deserved.

"That was one of my goals, being All MAC," Knighton admitted. I felt my junior year I should have been all conference."

Knighton showed up his senior year because he was named All Conference, but it wasn't until after the season ended when he felt teams picked up on him. "I had a good senior season, but it wasn't until the all star game where I really did well. I was basically unblockable my first day out there and a lot of teams saw that," Knighton said with pride.

The Texas vs the Nation game gave Knighton an opportunity to test himself against top players. Sometimes not playing against big time competition your whole college career don't really know and are unsure of what the Big School players are like. But you have to have that mentality when you're going against them. You have to treat them all the same."

Knighton understands what it takes to make it at the next level. He's a hardworking kid out of Connecticut who wants to be the next big thing out of the state. As an All MAC, player Knighton finished his college career achieving his goal of being All Conference. In 46 games, (34 starts) he recorded 184 tackles (105 solo), :26 tackles for a loss, six sacks, four forced fumbles, and 6 fumble recoveries.

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