Finding Broncos: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State | How he Fits, Where he Goes

Finding Broncos scouts the 2020 NFL Draft class to find the best Mile High fits. What's the scoop on K.J. Hamler and how would he fit in Denver?
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Measurements

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 178

Arms: 30-3/4 inches

Hands: 9-3/8 inches

Combine Results

Bench Press (225 lbs): 15 reps

Stats

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Pros

  • Can stretch the field
  • Can be used in a variety of ways
  • Breaks open the gadget plays
  • Played well when taking on OSU's Jeffrey Okudah
  • Explosive athlete
  • Route-running shows potential
  • Has burst to separate last second
  • Sub 4.4-40 speed (unofficial)
  • Has impressive ability to make defenders miss
  • Not just a deep threat but also a YAC threat
  • Sets up defenders to blow by them

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Cons

  • Ball tracking isn’t there
  • Focus through traffic is lacking
  • Hand-eye coordination isn’t what you want it to be
  • Body catcher
  • Lacks good balance
  • Will round out his breaks
  • Size is leading to concerns about durability
  • Worn down by physical corners
  • Routes look labored

Overview

K.J. Hamler is a smaller receiver that can really take the top off of a defense, but there are a lot of concerns with him, starting with his size, which leads to durability concerns in the NFL. He is going to be limited to the slot, working the middle of the field, which is going to lead to a lot of big shots coming his way. 

His hands are another major concern. Hamler's hands aren’t natural and the ball is often let into his body which makes the corner's job of breaking up the pass even easier. Hamler's speed is an awesome tool for an offense, but his impact is going to be limited because of size and hands.

Fit with Broncos

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Grade: No. 78 overall prospect

Where he Goes: Round 2

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