Having Sanchez in his corner as the Jets' starting quarterback probably helped, but McKnight produced throughout his four-year career at a Big 12 Conference school and also performed well in March at pro day on the CU campus with Sanchez throwing to him
McKnight caught every pass thrown to him that day and impressed everyone who was there to watch, including scouts from 19 NFL franchises and CU coach Jon Embree, who has spent four of the past five seasons coaching in the league.
"I thought he made some money today," Embree said in March. "I thought he put himself in position to get drafted. I think he's a guy who people are going to be happy they have him.
"... I'd be shocked if, A, he didn't get drafted and, B, he didn't have a career in the league."
McKnight came to CU as a walk-on but earned significant playing time during his redshirt freshman season and was a mainstay in the offense the rest of his career. He was a captain as a senior along with fellow 2011 draftees Nate Solder and Jalil Brown.
McKnight completed his CU career ranked first in receptions (215) and touchdown catches (22). He finished third in receiving yards with 2,521, but that number was only 27 yards shy of first place and 19 yards from second.
Regardless of his relationship with the Jets starting quarterback, McKnight will have a tough time making the roster in 2011 because the Jets have a lot of talent and depth at wide receiver, including fellow draftee Jeremy Kerley from TCU, who was also picked by New York today.