With the 48th overall selection, the Denver Broncos selected KJ Hamler, Wide receiver Penn State.
Hamler was a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, which is awarded to the most versatile player in the country. Hamler was never without a catch in his collegiate career. This past year, he ranked 6th in the Big Ten in receiving touchdowns with 8. He averaged 59.5 receiving yards per game. Hamler is also known for is his special teams ability. He ranked third in the conference for combined return yards with 639.

Scouting Report

Fast. Hamler is fast, very fast. He reportedly ran a 4.27 40 time. Hamler is able to do a little bit of everything from punt return to jet sweeps. He sells a lot of DB’s with head fakes and quick stutter moves. His speed dictates the coverage. Hamler will stretch the field from the slot position.
Hamler is small, though. At 5-9, 178 pounds, he must rely on his quickness to shine in the league. He will not be taking too many snaps outside of the slot postition. His hands are also a point of concern, as he’s had trouble with the drops from time to time.
His NFL comaparison would be Tavon Austin.

What the Analysts Say

KJ Hamler is one of the most dynamic and electric offensive weapons in the 2020 class. His burst is off-the-charts and he’s going to be a difficult cover for NFL defensive backs…The physical components of the game will be difficult despite his scrappy mentality and his catch radius is very small. In addition, Hamler’s hands need to improve and contested situations will be hard for him to find success in. -Joe Marino, The Draft Network
Explosive slot target who hits the scales as a lightweight but could have heavyweight impact on games. Hamler’s blazing speed is used solo and in route combinations to stress secondaries and create big plays. He had an alarming number of drops in 2019 and the routes are ragged, but his athleticism and separation burst on all three levels helps mitigate those concerns. – Lance Zierlein, NFL Network

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Team Fit

KJ Hamler joins a huge WR room, including 1st round pick Jerry Jeudy. Drew Lock now has two great receivers to throw to, overhauling their receiver room. Hamler is an interesting pick – he can definitely be the return man they’ve been looking for and can fill in on jet sweeps and other gadget plays.

 

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