Ranking LA Chargers rookies on 2020 impact: 4. K.J. Hill
This might come as a bit of a surprise to Charger fans reading this article as K.J. Hill has been one of the highest-touted rookies for the team, at least by the fanbase. There are two reasons for the high expectations.
First is that Hill is the all-time receptions leader at one of the biggest programs in the country, Ohio State. That is going to create some expectations. The other reason is that he was such a steal; he was projected to go as high as the fourth round and arguably would have been a third-rounder in a draft that was not so receiver deep.
Instead, the Chargers got Hill in the seventh round with their last pick of the draft.
There are hopes that Hill can slot in nicely in the slot as that is what the Chargers needed in the receiving corps and that is where Hill thrived in college. And while he will get decent time in the slot, I do think his production will be limited.
First, it will be limited because there will naturally be less passing targets to go around with Tyrod Taylor under center and Hill is going to be the fourth target. Second, I think the Chargers are going to be entertained by the idea of playing Keenan Allen in the slot more, which opens the door for fellow rookie, Joe Reed, to line up on the outside.
Simply put: I think K.J. Hill’s rookie season is going to disappoint a lot of Charger fans that have really high expectations for the former Buckeye.