K.J. Hill 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
K.J. Hill is a wide receiver out of Ohio State who is expected to be an early-to-mid-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Hill is a reliable, consistent player who utilized his dependability to become the Buckeyes’ all-time catch leader. He’ll gain plenty of looks from NFL teams on draft day and should do well as a pro.
College Career: Hill had plenty of offers coming out of high school, including Alabama and Arkansas. He ultimately opted to go with Ohio State and redshirted his freshman year, then posted 18 catches for 262 yards and a TD in 2016. Hill’s production increased greatly in 2017, with 56 receptions, 549 yards and three touchdowns.
In his third year of play, Hill put up his busiest season, logging 70 receptions with 885 yards and six scores. He opted to return for the 2019 season and ended up posting 57 receptions for 636 yards and 10 TDs. Hill was Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in 2017 and 2019, and Third Team All-Big Ten in 2018.
Strengths: Hill opted not to declare for the draft as soon as he was eligible, and that probably worked in his favor since he was so consistent in college. He runs precise routes with much attention to detail, and he’s crafty enough to fool the coverage with bait moves before revealing his true destination.
Hill has solid leverage work which gets him that much-needed space, and he’s got a good knowledge of a wide variety of routes. He has no hesitation about going over the middle, and his reliable hands make him a go-to guy in key situations.
Weaknesses: Hill really hasn’t seen the type of competition he’ll face at the NFL level yet, and he could have trouble with the advanced press coverage defenses will throw at him. He needs to push upfield with more aggression to keep corners at bay while also varying his route speeds to throw coverage off his trail.
After the catch, Hill is adequate but not electric; he could use a few new moves when it comes to evading tacklers and banging out those extra yards.
Possible Fits: We’re probably looking at about Round 3 or so before Hill’s name starts coming up with any regularity. That’s where NFL teams will be looking for high-upside skill players and key defenders, and he’ll fit right in there.
Sitting at No. 80 overall are the Raiders, and the conventional wisdom is that they’ll be bulking up on wide receivers early in the draft. Las Vegas certainly needs reliable pass-catchers, and Hill’s skillset will be very enticing to that team.
Another interesting scenario comes another round later at No. 100 overall. New England holds that pick, and with Tom Brady gone they’ll need some consistent playmakers to fill the void. Hill would be an effective slot receiver in the Patriots’ scheme and he would probably do well there. Realistically I don’t think he’ll be on the board at 100 however, so the Pats may need to trade up or reach if they want to get Hill.