BackCAST: 149.1%, 1st among 2022 RBs
Hall led the nation in rushing in 2020 and rushed for 3,950 yards (second to Troy Davis on the Cyclones’ all-time list) and 50 touchdowns (first) in three seasons. He’s an explosive, barreling north-south runner who becomes ordinary when moving parallel to the line of scrimmage. The Cyclones (like many college teams) ran lots of outside zone over the last two seasons, and Hall was at his best when finding the first available cutback lane , squaring his shoulders, and blasting past or through tacklers.
Hall caught 82 passes in his college career and is a handful in the open field after screens or checkdowns. He’s a serviceable pass protector who can spot blitzers and get in their way. Strong combine results, including a position-high 40 inch vertical jump and a fine 4.39-second 40-yard dash, helped Hall's draft stock. Hall ranked second to Rutgers' Isaih Pacheco in Speed Score, our size-to-speed ratio metric. He also registered the fourth-highest BackCAST projection in Football Outsiders history.
Hall lacks shiftiness and has good-not-great vision and tackle-breaking capability, and all of that collegiate usage could be a mixed blessing. His upside may be limited due to all of those collegiate carries, but Hall could turn out to be the most dependable, ready-to-play back in this rookie class.
For more on Hall, check out Derrik Klassen's Film Room report.