WR K.J. Hamler, Penn St.**

5’9” – 176 lbs.

Redshirted, then Started thirteen games the following year, finishing with 42-754-5 (18.0). Also returned kicks and punts. Reprised both roles this past season, posting a line of 56-904-8 (16.1). On the small side, even for a slot receiver; will need to match his official height/weight at the Combine in order to maintain his stock. Takes snaps on both sides of the field, on occasion split wide. A very athletic player who has some explosiveness to his game, as well as the speed to beat defenses over the top. Runs routes to all three levels of the field, predominantly screens, shallow crosses, hitches, outs, posts, and go routes. A very advanced route runner for a redshirt sophomore; wasn’t asked to play on the line of scrimmage, releasing against bump-and-run coverage, but is able to sink his hips, chop his feet, and work in head fakes to create separation out of his breaks. Very good agility and head fakes on outside-inside double moves. Able to change speeds and get outside releases when working against press. Doesn’t need to shift down much when going through his patterns. However, because of his small frame, is susceptible to getting knocked off of his routes by opposing linebackers and defensive backs. Catch radius is somewhat limited by his lack of size, but has soft hands and is capable of adjusting to poorly-thrown balls; had to turn around to bring in a few passes thrown behind him during the games reviewed. Very dangerous when he gets the ball with some space to work with. Has the speed to pull away from opposing cornerbacks when he’s got a step on them, along with good vision to find lanes and weave through traffic, allowing him to rack up yards after the catch. Gives very good effort as a blocker and achieved impressive results for a player his size. Lacks functional strength, but effectively lines up defensive backs in space as a stalk blocker and gets good extension and leg drive when he engages. A very impressive athlete who can make plays out of the slot or in the return game, but whose lack of size may raise concerns about his ability to hold up at the next level. Nonetheless, looks like a solid bet to come off the board by the end of the second round, with the type of polish that makes it easy to see why he declared after his redshirt sophomore campaign.

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