Texans: 5 second round prospects who are perfect fits in Houston
K.J. Hamler, Wide Receiver, Penn State
The Houston Texans most likely are seriously looking at selecting a wide receiver at some point in the 2020 NFL Draft, and the second round might just be the place they’ll want to make that selection.
If the Texans do indeed select a wide receiver in the second round, that player could be K.J. Hamler of Penn State, and he would challenge the likes of Will Fuller for playing time if he were to join the roster.
There is no doubt about it that when Fuller is on the field, he’s very tough to stop. The problem is he can’t stay healthy, and his overall playing time has shown that since being drafted in the first round in 2016. Fuller has missed 22 regular-season games in four years due to varying injuries, never playing in more than 14 regular-season games from the ’16-19 season.
Tim Bielik of Cleveland.com wrote the following about Hamler in a draft profile:
"“Hamler was one of the most explosive receivers in the Big Ten in his two seasons of play at Penn State.”"
Hamler is known for his speed, and at the NFL Combine he didn’t run the 40-yard dash, but showed some of his strength with a bench press of 15 reps, and there is the fact the Lance Zierlein of NFL.com compares Hamler to Tavon Austin.
In his final season at Penn State, Hamler had a best reception of 58 yards against Maryland, and he averaged 16.1 yards per reception.
Hamler had four games of 100-plus receiving yards with 119 on seven receptions against Minnesota, plus he totaled 108 yards twice in Big Ten games against Maryland (one touchdown) and Michigan (two touchdowns).
The Texans need more security at wide receiver because even though when healthy Fuller is one of the most exciting wide receivers in the NFL, he’s often injured. Something for depth when it comes to that situation has to be done, and that player could be Hamler of Penn State.