LA Chargers: K.J. Hill’s compatibility grades
Tyrod Taylor and K.J. Hill – Compatibility grade: A-
Tyrod Taylor and K.J. Hill could be a match made in heaven.
K.J. Hill does not have great acceleration, speed, or strength. At the NFL level, he will not be able to beat anyone with physical skills besides linebackers and slow safeties. But what he does have is an excellent football I.Q., route-running ability, and general ability to get open.
Hill is an excellent slot receiver that can get open short easily. That, along with his excellent hands, should make him a great option for the risk-averse offense that Anthony Lynn is likely to run with Taylor.
Furthermore, Hill’s fabulous ability to get open and find soft spots in coverage should make him a great asset for Taylor when he throws on the move.
Justin Herbert and K.J. Hill – Compatibility grade: B
All of these assets that Hill possesses will make him an immediately reliable target for Justin Herbert. Hill is going to play an integral part in making Herbert feel comfortable as he transitions to playing with and against higher-level talent.
However, Hill will have the best production when he is matched up with a consistent and accurate quarterback. One thing that Herbert struggled with in college was his consistency as a passer; one game Herbert would demonstrate his sky-high potential but other games Herbert would massively struggle and even rely upon his running ability to operate the offense.
Furthermore, Hill can thrive with any quarterback. He does not have any particular need for a strong-armed dart thrower like Herbert and would not do the most to maximize Herbert’s abilities.
Still, Hill should work well with Herbert by providing him with a consistent, reliable target on all three downs for years to come.