With the 176th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Miami Hurricanes wideout K.J. Osborn.
Osborn becomes the third Hurricane to be selected in the draft. The Seattle Seahawks selected running back DeeJay Dallas at No. 144.
K.J (5-foot-11, 203 lbs), transferred to the U from Buffalo as a graduate transfer. He now is moving to the next level of his football career.
After transferring from Buffalo in 2018, Miami Hurricanes wide receiver KJ Osborn displayed an ability to translate his game to the next level. Osborn started all 13 games as a senior, leading the Canes in receiving yards with 547 (50 catches) and 5 touchdowns. He also contributed as Miami’s returner, returning 16 punts for 255 yards (15.9 per return) and added 10 kickoffs for 201 yards (20.1 per return).
Osborn was Miami’s most consistent receiver throughout the season. Despite an inconsistent passing game, he snagged 50 passes for 547 yards and 5 touchdowns. He’s shown to be a hard-worker who is a great red-zone target who can communicate well and has great recognition. Best of all, his 12 yards per punt return, including 15.9 in 2019 make it capable for him to make a 53-man roster and be a functional backup receiver.
“Osborn played mostly from the slot at Buffalo and mostly outside at Miami, but Buffalo likely had it right,” said NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein. “His size, quickness and speed fail to stand out and he’s not fully equipped to get away from tight man on the pro level. From the slot, his instincts in space and overall toughness could serve him well, but are still garden variety at best. However, Osborn has been a consistently productive punt returner for three seasons and is able to cover kicks and punts if asked. The special teams work gives him a shot if he can be functional as a backup receiver”
For Minnesota, they found another wide receiver to pair up with their first-round pick, Justin Jefferson. It’ll be interesting to see K.J. earn his spot in Minnesota.