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KJ Hamler Declares for NFL Draft

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The electric redshirt sophomore has decided it’s time to move on to the next level.

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It turns out the Cotton Bowl was KJ Hamler’s final game as a Nittany Lion as the redshirt sophomore has decided to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

For the past two seasons, Hamler has been Penn State’s most electrifying player, giving the team a constant threat to score as both a receiver and return man. Anything was possible whenever Hamler had the ball in his hands, something he proved over and over and over since the very beginning of his first game with Penn State. Hamler led the team in both receptions and receiving yards in both years as a Nittany Lion.

Prior to the Cotton Bowl, Hamler had 96 catches for 1,612 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career, to go along with a 23.0 kick return average and 6.0 yards on punts. Hamler had several momentum-shifting returns throughout his career, as well as several would-be return touchdowns that were called back.

At 5-9, 176 lbs., Hamler’s size is far from ideal for an NFL receiver. However, he’s proved to be the most dangerous player nearly every time he stepped on the field and has the skills to be a difference-maker and an extremely valuable asset at the next level.

We wish KJ all the best as he prepares for the draft, and look forward to cheering for him on Sundays moving forward.