New Orleans Saints International Edition: OT Andreas Knappe Is A Great Dane
By Dean Mullen
Every week Who Dat Dish has been going around the globe to feature different areas or players. This week, brings the dish to an offensive tackle Andreas Knappe who is from Silkeborg, Denmark. Knappe is a giant no joke.
There has been some success with the draft and international born players. Last year alone, there were five players that were drafted. If Andreas Knappe gets drafted, he would be the pride of Denmark. Knappe stands at 6-foot-8 and weighs 325 lbs. Surely, most people probably has never heard of Andreas Knappe.
Knappe has started over 25 games at UConn. Knappe will be a bit of a long shot to get drafted into the NFL. However, he could be a guy that’s brought in as an undrafted free agent and have the opportunity to make a team. Knappe is better at pass blocking than run blocking. On the other hand though, he is exceptional on runs that go through the middle versus the outside.
Furthermore, he’s good at taking on blockers and locking them up tightly when he connects. In addition, his size is something that is rare on this planet. Knappe can use his size to overcome his opponents.
Ironically, it’s his size that actually hinder him in some instances. Sometimes, he plays a little bit high in pass blocking. Knappe will also come in a little bit older. He’ll most likely be a rookie at the age of 26 years old. Knappe may not be the fastest guy in the world either. The NFL Pro Day will give him a chance to to shine in person, for the scouts that will be curious about him. As of now, Knappe is not on the list for the NFL Combine.
In conclusion, Knappe will definitely be a project. He has the ability though. Anyone that goes out and buys his own equipment in Denmark has to a passion to play this game. If he does make it, Denmark will be cheering. Furthermore, the whole international fan base will be happy. Every time a player makes it into the NFL, the more the scouts will wanna go overseas to check out players.