The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Virginia Cornerback Bryce Hall has played his final game of college football, as he injured his ankle earlier this season. If his injury is cleared, he could be picked in the first few rounds of the draft.
2019 Stats: 20 total tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, zero interceptions, four passes defended
Size: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds
Hall was looking like a potential first-round pick, but then got injured in a game against Miami. The ankle injury knocked him out for the rest of his senior season, so he will now get a chance to prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
In his time at Virginia, Hall had 154 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, 38 passes defended and five interceptions. Hall started seven games as a freshman, but the team only won two games. He helped turn around the program to win six and eight games respectively the next two seasons. As a junior, Hall led the nation with 22 pass break ups.
The ankle injury will likely hurt his draft stock a little bit, but Hall is still one of the best corners in the 2020 NFL Draft class. He may not hear his name called until day two, but he has the potential to have a long and successful career in the pros.
Hall specifically is good at zone coverage, which he displayed plenty of times over his career. This includes playing short zones and dropping back to cover a third of the field in cover three. His size and length helps him to be a better zone corner, but so too does his awareness and instincts.
His ball skills are some of the best in the class. If he is near the play, Hall is usually able to make a play on it. He led Division I in pass break ups as a junior and that was no fluke. Hall is also able to bring the ball in for interceptions a lot of times, as he has good hands that allow him to make acrobatic catches.
Run support is not something that teams will have to worry about Hall helping out with. Hall is physical and can shed blockers to get to the ball carrier. He is also a solid tackler, as he doesn’t need help to tackle whoever is carrying the ball.
Teams drafting Hall shouldn’t plan to use him in man to man coverage. He has trouble keeping up with his man and although he has some experience playing man to man, it doesn’t always end well for him. This could limit the amount of NFL teams who want to select him, as he shouldn’t be left on an island at the NFL level.
Hall isn’t the fastest or quickest corner. This is what limits his ability to play man coverage. His lack of quickness and speed will also limit his zone coverage, if opposing quarterbacks can take advantage of his limited range.
His footwork and tight hips will hold him back at the next level. He can press receivers well, but when he is unable to do that, Hall has to show better footwork and looser hips to keep up with his man. He can improve his footwork, but his hips may not be as easy to loosen up.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round-Fourth Round