Ohio State WR K.J. Hill details meeting with Patriots at NFL Combine

Ryan Hannable
February 28, 2020 - 9:55 am

Just about every player meets with just about every team at the NFL Combine, as that is what the week is for -- getting to know the players coming out in the draft.

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While a lot gets made of these meetings, and in the grand scheme of things they really don't mean much, Ohio State wide receiver K.J. Hill gave some good details about his meeting with the Patriots earlier in the week, including saying it was with Troy Brown.

“I definitely met with the Patriots,” Hill said. “It went well. Mainly, we were talking about plays. I did a lot of things similar (to) their offense, and they were just trying to pick my brain about what we did. And come to find out, it was mostly the same plays. Motioning, seeing if it was man or zone, using option routes. Definitely what Julian Edelman was doing. I was talking to the receivers coach about that.”

The wide out believes he would be a good fit in the Patriots offense.

“I definitely can, just off the fact that we were doing the same things,” Hill said. “I feel like I could step right in. Whatever they wanted me to do, special teams and at receiver. ... You can plug me anywhere. I don’t have to be stuck in the slot and only come in on this play or this package. A lot of teams have been talking about using me everywhere.”

Hill is expected to be a mid-round selection and is coming off a season where he caught 57 passes for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns as mostly a slot receiver. He wants to show he can be more than that at the next level.

Meeting with Brown doesn't necessarily mean he's the wide receivers coach, as it's possible that will be Jedd Fisch and Brown will be working under him like he did last season with Joe Judge. It does make sense for Brown to meet with players though because he knows the Patriots system better than anyone and playing in it gives him a better idea of what type of player would fit best.

It is worth pointing out the Patriots usually do not like players sharing their pre-draft meetings with them.

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