By: Steve Johnson
K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn St.
5’8 5/8″ 178
9 3/8″ hands. 30 6/8″ arms.
DNP 40 DNP″ Vert. DNP″ Broad Jump. 15 Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle *Updated during combine
2018: 13 games. 42 rec, 754 yards, 5 TDs; 4 att, 44 yards, 1 TD
2019: 13 games. 56 rec, 904 yards, 8 TDs; 13 att, 43 yards
Misc. Stats: 44 KR, 1036 yards; 37 PR, 122 yards
Accolades: 2019 2nd-Team All-Big Ten
Injuries: Exited the Indiana game with an undisclosed upper body injury. Hamstring injury during pre-Draft workouts
History: Four-star recruit from Pontiac, Mi. He moved to Bradenton, FL to play his senior season at IMG Academy. K.J. stands for Kahlee Jacoby. Also ran track in High School.
Strengths: Great accelerator. Able to hit the breaks and go 0-60 in a flash. Excellent feet, fluid and quick. Excellent with the ball in his hands, a true weapon at the next level. Can be used in a variety of ways, including as a returner. Excellent vision. Great route runner. Does a great job selling his breaks. Larger hands than I expected.
Weaknesses: Lacks size, short and lean frame. Play strength is an obvious concern at his stature. Not going to offer anything as a blocker either. Not going to body defenders at the catch point. Will have some trouble playing through contact, especially at the LOS.
Overview: A guy like Hamler has become increasingly valuable as of late, with the NFL offensives adapting. Hamler will contribute right away in the passing game, as well as a punt returner. Hamler shines with the ball in his hands, with his excellent vision, speed, and agility. He may never be a volume guy, and will require to play off the LOS (whether in the slot or the Y), but he’s super dangerous.
Evaluation based on games. OH ST 18′, UK 18′, MINN 19′, MEM 19′, OH ST 19′, MSU 19′, IDAHO 19′
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.79
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