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Ohio State’s Demetrius Knox opens up on NFL Draft, college career and the Bosa brothers

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Demetrius Knox played at one of the most tradition-rich programs in the country, starting the final 20 games of his college career at Ohio State.

Knox, the former Fort Worth All Saints standout, was part of an O-line that gave up the fewest sacks among Big Ten teams, despite Ohio State setting a school-record with 561 passing attempts, last season.

Unfortunately for Knox, a Lisfranc injury in his foot sustained during the regular-season finale against Michigan ended his college career two games early.

But Knox is moving on from his college career and is focused on pursuing his NFL dreams. He returned to Fort Worth to train and prepare for his professional career at APEC.

The Star-Telegram caught up with Knox earlier this offseason.

How do you feel you stack up in this O-line class? “I’m coming at this from a confident, not a cocky, standpoint, but I’ve had some great coaches over the past couple of years at Ohio State. I’ve been in a football-rich environment. I’ve played against the best competition there is in college football, being able to block [Buckeye teammates] Joey Bosa or Nick Bosa or Dre’mont Jones, and the team up north [Michigan] with Rashan Gary and Maurice Hurst Jr. Looking at my film, I believe I have really good technique and really good strength as far as run blocking and pass blocking. I’d say I’m up there.”

What’s your message to NFL teams? “I’d have to say they’re getting someone who is open to learning. I’m not coming in thinking, ‘I went to Ohio State. I know everything.’ I want to learn everything there is they have to teach me. Second of all, I want to tell them I’m a dog. Anything on the field, anything they ask me to do, I’m going to find a way to make a way. I’m going to get it done at the end of the day.”

How do you look back on your Ohio State career? “My career at Ohio State was a blessing. I remember telling my mom in second grade that’s the college I was going to go to, and it worked out. I‘ve done things that many people playing college football just dream of. Winning a national championship [in 2014], winning three Big Ten titles [2014, 2017 and 2018], beating the team up north five times … I lived the dream.”

Do you have position flex at the next level? “Yes. I’ve played every position on the O-line. I know what it’s like to play tackle. I know what it’s like to play both guards. Wherever coaches think I can help them best, I’m willing to learn and willing to go there. I have no preference. I started off playing left tackle, then left guard, then right guard, then right tackle. I’ve played them all.”

Finally, we’ve got to ask -- who’s better, Joey or Nick Bosa? [Laughs] “They’re both pretty good, but if you had to put them at this point in time, if they were both the same age, then I’m going with Nick.”

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