Throughout his career at Ohio State, K.J. Hill was an important figure within the offense, although, he never was put into the role as the Buckeyes’ No.1 pass catcher until this season. Fortunately for Hill, guys such as Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell left for the NFL, making him the primary wide receiving option. Hill took on that role with flying colors as him and quarterback Justin Fields connected on 10 touchdowns this season, helping guide them to the College Football Playoffs.
Initially, Hill started his college career as a gadget weapon, but as Ohio State’s wide receiving corps passed the torch along, he developed his game into a legitimate receiving target that is now considered NFL worthy.
Hill isn’t a player that possesses dashing speed, but his skill set is littered with regularity and natural mobility. He’s thrived more consistently against zone coverage and isn’t afraid to get physical with opposing cornerbacks to win the contested catch. Hill’s film includes a multitude of one-handed catches, showing he has a significant amount of hand strength to grab passes out of the air.
Hill is another pass catcher who will be attending the Senior Bowl with the hopes that he can move up draft boards after putting together a solid week in Mobile, Alabama. Gruden has always been a fan of Senior Bowl players based off his track record, so if Hill can show enough throughout the week, he may turn into a viable option during the mid-rounds.