2020 NFL Draft Profile: K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State

K.J. Hill

Wide receiver, Ohio State Buckeyes
6-0, 192
40 time: 4.60


Ohio State Buckeyes
Dec 7, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day (center) holds the Big Ten Championship Trophy as he celebrates with Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver K.J. Hill (left), wide receiver Binjimen Victor (middle left), and defensive end Chase Young (middle right) after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Hill caught 198 passes for 2,303 yards and 20 touchdowns across 50 career games at Ohio State. He caught a career-high 10 touchdowns as a fifth-year senior in 2019 and then shined at the Senior Bowl, being voted the North squad practice player of the week at wide receiver after showing top-notch route running.

Despite running clean routes at the NFL Scouting Combine, Hill disappointed in the 40-yard dash (4.60 seconds) and the vertical (32 1/2 inches) and broad (114 inches) jumps.


While slightly shorter than scouts would prefer, Hill is far from small, boasting a broad-shouldered frame and rocked-up arms. Lightning quick off the snap, accelerating smoothly for the first 10 yards. Quality route-runner, snapping into his breaks to create separation and deftly deking defenders to get easy clearance on combo routes. Strong, secure hands with one-handed, highlight-reel grabs on tape (Minnesota). Quality punt returner; shows plus ball skills, vision and burst to be a big-play threat.

Hill may be viewed by some as “just” a slot receiver due to his average height and disappointing timed speed. Appears quicker than fast, accelerating off the line in a flash but topping out quickly. Could do a better job of working to find the soft spots as his quarterback buys time. A bit lackadaisical in running out his routes when runs are called, tipping off defenders to the action.


Randall Cobb, Dallas Cowboys — Like the 5-10, 195-pound Cobb, Hill is lightning in a bottle, with the strong hands and flair for the dramatic to earn Day 2 consideration in the draft and possible future Pro Bowl invitations if he lands in the right spot.

Projection: Second-third round

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