Despite coming from a prestigious Football Power in Bishop McDivett as their top receiver who averaged over 17 yards per game, Bryce Hall was hardly recruited. As a 2 Star recruit Hall’s only scholarship offers were from Virginia and Coastal Carolina. Once at Virginia Hall started his career as a receiver but quickly move to defensive back and the rest has been history. In this Bryce Hall Summer NFL Draft Preview we take a look at his traits while also looking forward to his NFL outlook.
What Bryce Hall Does Well
With good length and ball skills it should be no surprise that he lead the nation with 21 passes defended in 2018. Using that length along with some burst Hall is able to get a hand in to knock the ball out on short to intermediate routes. On deeper throws Hall does well to put pin himself up against the receiver putting himself in between the ball and the receiver and allow him to go up using his leaping ability and length to attack the ball. Hall even uses awareness and instincts well to pick up on route combinations and reading the receiver to help jump routes to put himself in a position to make plays.
Against the run Hall is not one of those cornerbacks that shies away from contact and instead he comes up aggressively to help support the run. Whether it’s coming up to fill a hole on the outside or even making an open field tackle Hall will look to put his shoulder at the thigh of the ball carrier and wrap up. Hall is a tough cornerback who will fight through blocks and even lower a shoulder to take on running backs on blitz attempts.
While Bryce Hall has good size and length there is a concern about his overall explosiveness and speed. Hall can show some quickness when flipping his hips out of press coverage but Hall isn’t overly sudden which can prevent him from staying in receivers hip pockets in and out of breaks or even making a quick move forward when playing off and the receiver makes a hard cut. Hall tends to build up his speed but even when he does get going he lacks that good long speed. Against NC State he matched up against Kelvin Harmon throughout the game. Harmon ran a 4.60 40 yard but was able to get a step on Hall several times throughout the game.
NFL Draft Outlook
A very productive cornerback with good size and length Bryce Hall is going to get a lot of attention with talent evaluators. Hall can play in multiple different coverages but Hall seems best suited to play in a press man heavy scheme that an maximize his abilities and hide some of his flaws. Using his toughness and length at the line of scrimmage Hall could use that to reroute or throw off the timing and then quickly flip his hips and run in the hip pocket of the receiver using his length to compensate for lack of long speed. For the right team it wouldn’t shock me if Hall found his way into the late first round, but he seems like a solid day two pick and likely see his name come off in the second round. If Joejuan Williams can be drafted in the Top 45, then Hall should be able to also.