K.J. Hamler has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, the Penn State star’s decision adding another talented receiver to an excellent wideout class.
K.J. Hamler will turn pro in 2020, the Penn State wide receiver declaring and betting on himself to stand out in an extremely talented class at the position.
Hamler announced his decision to head to the NFL on Twitter on Tuesday after two seasons with the Nittany Lions in which he established himself as a significant big-play threat.
In his Twitter post, Hamler wrote:
“The past three years at Penn State have been nothing short of amazing. My time here has been an unforgettable experience and has prepared me for this next chapter in my life. For that, I will forever be grateful.”
After averaging 18 yards a catch as he racked up 754 yards and five touchdowns in his freshman season, Hamler finished 2019 with 904 yards on 56 catches and eight scores in 2019.
At 5’9″ and 176 pounds, Hamler is a long shot to become a number one receiver for any NFL team. However, the speed he has at his disposal makes Hamler an obvious downfield weapon and, in an NFL where there is an increasing emphasis on fast players, he is unlikely to last beyond the second round.
Hamler would need to have a hugely impressive pre-draft process in order to overhaul the likes of Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb, who are already well established as the best receivers in the class.
However, beyond that duo, there is no definitive player at the top of the second tier of receivers and, with a strong pre-draft process, Hamler could be the third wideout off the board in Las Vegas.