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LA Chargers: The biggest concern for each Chargers rookie

TEMPE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks watches from the sidelines during the first half of the NCAAF game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TEMPE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks watches from the sidelines during the first half of the NCAAF game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

K.J. Hill’s biggest concern with the LA Chargers: Athleticism

If Alohi Gilman was the least exciting prospect that the LA Chargers selected in the 2020 NFL Draft then K.J. Hill was the most exciting. It is quite ironic as well, as the last prospect that the Chargers took in the draft ended up being the most exciting.

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The reason why Hill is such an exciting selection is because of how far he fell in the draft. Hill was projected to go as high as the fourth round prior to the draft and is a traditional slot receiver, which is what the team needs alongside Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

Plus, Hill is the all-time receptions leader at Ohio State, which is quite the thing to get out of a seventh-round pick.

Hill is a good route-runner and has really good hands. He is going to be able to run a myriad of routes in the Chargers’ offense and him learning the playbook and fitting into the passing game should not be a problem in the slightest.

The only thing that could hold him back at the NFL level is his athleticism. He is not necessarily quick, especially for the slot, and does not have the size to counter the lack of great speed as he is only 6’0″.

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However, if Keenan Allen has taught us anything it is that sometimes the prospects that don’t look to be the most athletic out of college can still produce with great route running and elusiveness.

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