The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine his underway this week and as players test and interview, it always leads to a ton of speculation about moves and interest in the Draft. For the Philadelphia Eagles and KJ Hamler, the speculation started early in the week.
On Monday, KJ had body measurements taken, and spoke with the media. During a mirage of questions, Hamler mentioned that he looks up to Philadelphia Eagles game-breaker, DeSean Jackson. He grew up watching DeSean and models his game after him, so it would absolutely make sense for the Eagles to bring in KJ to be the heir-apparent and learn on the fly.
Hamler also has a pretty strong connection to the Eagles by way of current Birds’ running back, Miles Sanders. He and Sanders were roommates in their time together at Penn State, and they are “Best Friends” according to KJ. The two Nittany Lions have been in contact quite a bit throughout the process, and Miles has certainly put in a good word to his team about KJ.
Philadelphia needs a speedy playmaker on the outside and KJ Hamler is every bit of that. In his career at Penn State, he averaged 16.8 yards per catch, and quite a few of his 98 receptions were made at or within five yards of the line of scrimmage; meaning he can make people miss in they open field.
Unfortunately, KJ will not be participating in wide receiver drills or the 40-yard dash in the combine. He tweaked his hamstring training, and in the midst of running a 4.27 second 40. Barring anything drastic, he will be participating in drills at the Penn State Pro Day and you can bet Philly will be in attendance. If the Eagles want a young burner that will mesh with the team well, KJ Hamler is the guy.