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Washington Redskins 2020 Draft Profiles: KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State

Hogs Haven takes a look at prospects heading into the 2020 NFL Draft

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KJ Hamler

Wide Receiver

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 176 lbs.

Penn State


KJ Hamler is a quick, twitchy receiver with game-breaking speed to take any play to the house. He’s shown the ability to take slants and drags the distance with his sharp route-running ability and home-run potential. Hamler is electric with the ball in his hands and would be a great candidate to return kickoffs at the next level, as there’s no doubt that his speed will translate.

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Unfortunately for Hamler, his size may keep him from being an elite player at the next level, as his frame will undoubtedly restrict the way he’s used. With his height and weight, he will be relegated to playing in the slot, where he could be subject to violent hits over the middle. Also, Hamler’s hands have been a bit inconsistent, so that’s a concern, as well.

Why he may fit with Washington:

The Redskins need to get more explosive skill positions players, and it’s tantalizing to think of Hamler playing alongside former third-round pick Terry McLaurin. Washington had just one starting-quality wideout in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus. The team doesn’t currently have a second-round selection, and while that could easily change, it’s hard to sell Hamler as the best value, though the need is there.

Bottom Line:

KJ Hamler can thrive in the NFL on the right team due to his speed and explosive playmaking ability despite a lack of size, and while he may not be the best value for the Redskins, it’s fun to imagine him playing alongside wideout Terry McLaurin.

Projected Round: Late 1st/2nd