The 20-year-old speedster out of Penn State is exactly what this Eagles offense needs.
With a possibility of Ceedee Lamb, Jerry Judy, Henry Ruggs III, and Justin Jefferson all being gone before the Birds pick in the 2020 NFL draft… Howie Roseman and company may have a case for choosing a receiver in the second-round…
In defense of K.J Hamler’s case…SPEED KILLS!
The Penn State product posted up 56 receptions and eclipsed 900 yards this past season (904). Hamler also hauled in a career-high eight TD’s during his Redshirt-Sophomore campaign leading all players on the Nittany Lions. He had five touchdowns on catches of 20 yards or longer and 11 receptions of 20-plus yards with an average of 16 yards per grab.
Rightfully so draft experts have referred Hamler’s skillset to those of Marquese Brown, and our very own DeSean Jackson.
Measuring in at 5’9 and 178 pounds, Hamler closely resembles Jackson’s 5’10, 175-pound frame. Hamler was also a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award as the most versatile player in the country, also emulating Jackson’s ability as a return man. During his combine press conference, Hamler admitted to modeling his game after DeSean Jackson and also hopes to adopt Jackson’s “dog mentality” upon entering the league.
Heading into the draft, Hamler hemmed he would not run at the 2020 NFL Combine due to a hamstring injury he suffered while training in his home state of Michigan. It was once confirmed Hamler would run the 40-yard dash at Penn State’s Pro Day…but the workout has been canceled due to concerns of Coronavirus. The Philadelphia Eagles have shut down all facilities indefinitely, making the possibility of in-person interviews nonexistent.
Adam Caplan has confirmed that the Eagles have met with Hamler at the combine in Indianapolis, and were impressed with his in-person interview giving them a leg (or in this instance a wing) upon other teams as in-person interviews can be difficult due to the recent breakout of COVID-19.
In college Hamler did most of his damage as a slot receiver, serving as a matchup nightmare for opposing safeties and nickel backs because of his blistering speed. Although he did not run the 40-yard dash, it has been rumored Hamler has clocked in a 4.27 in the past (same time Henry Ruggs III ). On the flip side of Hamler’s scouting report, he did have 12 drops last season (at least he’s already looking like an Eagles WR). Jokes aside, scouts predict Hamler’s athleticism to translate to the next level, making him a home run hitter at any given time.
Just imagine Hamler in the slot paired alongside Jackson, playing opposite of an expected Free-Agent receiver. Let’s not forget about Miles Sanders out of the backfield either.
Speaking of the aforementioned Sanders, the Penn State alum expressed his interest in reuniting with his former teammate. The two adamantly entertained the idea of Hamler becoming a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. The tweet below shows Sanders saying he “Put in a good word” for his former running mate.
In a nut-shell, Howie Roseman himself stated that he would like for the Eagles to get “younger” and “faster” this offseason. Speed is K.J Hamler’s specialty, making him a spectacular fit moving forward.
Due to Hamler’s hamstring injury and the abundance of talent at the receiver position in the first-round, Hamler is projected to still be available for Philadelphia by the time they are on the clock with pick No. 53.
Let’s see if Philly takes a chance on “Hometown Hamler”.
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