College: Northern Iowa
College Stats: 241 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 13 interceptions.
A Missouri native, Hall has been able to play just about everywhere on the defensive side of the ball during his time at Northern Iowa. He is the consummate team player with a willingness to do anything to help the team.
Hall is the type of player that would have lined up on the defensive line, on offense, or even kicked the ball if needed. He is the football version of a gym rat that lives the game of football on a daily basis.
Hall has been one of the best players to join the Northern Iowa program in quite a while, starting games as far back as his freshman season. His 46 starts at the college level at three different positions shows just how versatile and reliable Hall can be.
Hall has played both cornerback and safety and even a little linebacker very effectively during his time with Northern Iowa. He has an eye for the ball with 13 career interceptions and a knack for scoring as well (four career pick-sixes). Hall has excellent hand eye coordination and rarely drops a chance and intercepting a pass.
Playing multiple positions has helped Hall as a tackler. He is not afraid to come in an lay out a receiver or running back with the ball. Hall is aggressive versus the run game with an unusually high 82 tackles from his safety spot, many coming in run game support. Hall is a confident player, but team first and works to keep the defense pumped up throughout the game.
Hall is less of the lightning quick defensive back and more of the long strider. He can get into trouble if a receiver gets behind him in coverage. His make up speed is a bit lacking. Hall is a physical player and will have to work on using his hands less while downfield covering receivers or he will get called for penalties.
As with any player from the FCS, his level of play has been questioned. Hall did not get too many chances to prove himself versus FBS competition, but did not look lost when facing off versus the best. He has to prove to NFL teams that he can hold his own versus any level of competition.
Where will Hall be drafted?
The reigning Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Year will have to wait a while to hear his name called in the NFL Draft. Expect a team that has a future need at safety to grab him up in the fifth or sixth round.
My prediction is Oakland with the #194 pick in the sixth round.