'I've been an underdog my whole life': PSU's KJ Hamler not backing away from competition in deep WR class
There’s no question that KJ Hamler was one of the most talented wide receivers in the B1G last season. He didn’t earn the moniker as a “human joystick” for no reason.
Success at the college level and in the NFL game are two completely different things, though. While Hamler is an incredibly quick and shifty wide receiver, his 5-foot-9, 178-pound frame might discourage some teams from selecting the incredibly talented receiver during the 2020 NFL Draft.
It doesn’t really concern Hamler, who chose the NFL Draft over a return to Penn State. In an interview with ESPN, Hamler says that, even though this is a deep wide receivers class, he’s looking forward to proving himself on the field.
“I knew it was a big wide receiver draft class, but I’m not scared of competition,” Hamler told ESPN’s Louis Riddick. “I’ve been competing my whole life. I’ve been an underdog my whole life. Proving people wrong is something I look forward to doing.”
Many don’t suspect Hamler will have to wait too long to hear his name called during the 2020 NFL Draft. Most projections peg the former Nittany Lion as an early-to-mid selection in the second round. Even some of the previously lowest projections have Hamler listed as a third-round pick.
Hamler did a little bit of everything during his time at Penn State. Last season, he totaled 904 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches on 56 receptions. He also accounted for 513 yards on kickoff return, 126 yards on punt returns and 43 rushing yards.