WR K.J. Hamler - Denver Broncos

5-9, 176Born: 7-8-1999College: Penn StateDrafted: Round 2, pick 0

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Hamler has the speed, quickness, vision, and ball skills to produce as a rotational contributor in the slot and on the perimeter. He's a big-time weapon in the open field but also has a knack for working inside and winning the ball deep by cutting off coverage late in the route. He has a shot to be the No.3 receiver in Denver this year in what has a chance to become a prolific offense. - Matt Waldman

Summary

The Broncos shocked the world when they went back-to-back wide receivers in the 2020 NFL draft. In the first round, they added Jerry Jeudy from Alabama and they followed that up by picking K.J. Hamler out of Penn State in the second round. The Broncos had a primary goal of adding more speed to the offense and they did just that with the Hamler pick. Hamler is a smaller wide receiver and he operates primarily out of the slot (616-of-694 snaps were from that position in 2019). He is lightning quick and can make defenders look silly after the catch. Hamler also has legit speed, likely 4.2 type of speed, but he was unable to show off that speed at the Combine due to a hamstring injury. You can't overthrow Hamler because of his speed and extra gear when he finds the ball in the air on a deep pass. Hamler did lead all FBS players with 12 drops last year, but the Broncos feel that was due to him trying to do too much before the catch was secured. With the Broncos, Hamler does not have to worry about that. He will be the no.3 receiver for the Broncos behind Courtland Sutton and Jeudy. Hamler will operate from the slot and should be able to get open frequently on underneath routes for QB Drew Lock. His speed and big-play ability could make Hamler a nice 'what the heck' flex in PPR leagues in certain matchups. The Broncos want to be more aggressive on offense this year and Hamler is a part of that change. (May 10)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Dynasty - 75, 64, 67, 68, 68, 79
Overall Rookie - 21, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 30

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2020 PROJ-Dodds 15.8 1.0 * * 22.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 0.0 * * 23.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 15.0 0.0 * * 25.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 0.0 * * 17.0 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 303
WR: 95
Overall-PPR: 285
WR-PPR: 90

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2020 Schedule

1vs Tennessee Titans
2@ Pittsburgh Steelers
3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4@ New York Jets
5@ New England Patriots
6vs Miami Dolphins
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Atlanta Falcons
10@ Las Vegas Raiders
11vs Los Angeles Chargers
12vs New Orleans Saints
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Buffalo Bills
16@ Los Angeles Chargers
17vs Las Vegas Raiders