NAME: Emanuel Hall
POSITION: Wide Receiver
JERSEY: No. 84
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 200 lbs
Separation Quickness – Explosive mover who can alter his course in the blink of an eye. Capable of pressing vertically and then snapping off his route underneath to create separation. Feet are explosive into his breaks and possesses the extra gear to separate late in the rep. Burst is evident off the line of scrimmage and at the top of his routes.
Ball Skills – Has shown the ability to make tough adjustments on back shoulder throws. Hands are inconsistent and will drop/double-catch some passes, which is a concern. Drop rate is down significantly this season however, and will high-point the football and finish away from his frame. Competes for the ball and is not passive at the catch point.
Speed/Burst – Easy speed and acceleration off the line of scrimmage and into his patterns. Demolishes cushions with long strides. Can threaten with speed off the snap and down the field with the ball in the air, flashing a second gear to detach and finish vertically. Has made a living running away from corners in the SEC, but also means he has to test really well in 40 to maximize his best trait.
Route-Running – All the tools are there, but this is definitely an area of Hall’s game that can still improve. Can stand to do a better job of working the corner’s blind spot when he opens them up with his speed. Has improved this season at stepping on corner’s toes and exploding into his break. Limited in his route tree in Missouri’s old Air Raid offense, ran vast majority of his routes on a linear plane. As a vertical route runner, understands how to stack corners and uses his hands expertly to ward off contact and create space.
Contested Catch – This is not where Hall has made his living in college, but he does have an impressive vertical and has flashed the ability to win through contact. As a whole, not a situation his suspect hands and lithe frame project to thrive in, and he’ll allow defensive backs to work through his frame on underneath routes at times. Still, his length, athleticism and fluid adjustments to the ball down the field will allow him to be competent enough in this role to survive in the NFL.
YAC – Not given a ton of manufactured touches to make an impact after the catch in Missouri’s offense until this season, but has shown excellent elusiveness in limited opportunities to make the first man miss and pick up extra yards. Not going to break many tackles or be super dynamic in the open field, but will put his shoulder down and maximize every touch.
Releases – One of the best aspects of Hall’s game. Varies his releases, featuring stutter, stretch and swim releases to manipulate defensive backs at the line of scrimmage and stack them quickly on vertical routes. Lightning quick feet with little wasted movement or steps. Forces defenders to open prematurely which allows for early separation. Excellent hand usage and typically fights through the jams of even bigger corners, although fair to wonder if his slight frame will hold up as easily against NFL press coverage.
Blocking – Not featured as a blocker very often. Mostly charged with running off corners on the outside on rushing plays. Shows good effort and physicality when he does block. Frame isn’t particularly imposing when projecting him to a blocking role in the NFL.
Competitive Toughness – Mental makeup has been praised often. Plays tough and physical at all times, showing good effort and competitive fire. No concerns evident in this area on tape.
Athleticism/Size – Should test at an all-around extremely high level. Athleticism is a major strength, as is his length, but may need to pack on some muscle for the NFL. Listed at 200, may be closer to a slender 195.
BEST TRAIT – Speed
WORST TRAIT – Hands
RED FLAGS – Has had some nagging injuries over the course of his career – shoulder, hamstring, groin – but nothing serious enough to raise major concerns.
In a draft class with a ton of towering wide receivers that need to prove their speed and athleticism at the Combine, Hall will simply be checking a box we all expect him to. His burst, speed and second gear with the ball in the air give him a clear trump card as a vertical threat immediately in the NFL, especially due to his ability to beat press coverage off the line of scrimmage. Hall isn’t super well-rounded yet, and contested catches and a fully dynamic route tree may never be his calling cards, but he has the ability to be more than just a one-trick pony in the NFL too. If he can keep the drops under control, Hall could be an important day two pick for a team in need of a big play threat.
Routes – Has the burst and speed needed to run away from defenders but more nuance is needed. Capable of carrying insane speed through his breaks but does very little to sell route breaks. Want to see him manipulate corners better and attack leverage. Has run a limited route tree. Mechanical route runner that doesn’t appear to have regard for the technique the corner is playing to maximize his efforts to create separation. Needs work but the tools are present.
Hands – Is guilty of fighting the ball and struggles with consistency. Tape is littered with double catches and improper technique addressing the football. Does not regularly extend his arms away from his frame and pluck the football. Rarely wins in contested situations. Technique needs an overhaul.
Ball Skills – Is competitive in contested situations but struggles to combine ball tracking with establishing his frame to win at the catch point. There are times it appears he has no regard for the possibility a DB could disrupt at the catch point. Want to see him be more assertive to attack the football and not just wait for it. Has shown the ability adjust to the back shoulder throw but adjustments in general are often very poor.
YAC Ability – Was not prioritized by Missouri for touches that are designed for him to create post catch but has the juice needed to quickly eat away at yards. Not likely to be a tackle breaker but his ability to accelerate will greatly challenge pursuit angles.
Release – Opponent’s regard for his vertical push creates soft jams and keeps corners on their heels. Will have a slight recoil but is generally smooth and explosive out of his stance. Features a variety of hand techniques, footwork and stutters to get into his stem.
Play Speed – Has the ability to get behind the secondary and blow the top off the defense. Puts stress on cornerbacks to flip their hips and remain connected which opens up his ability to cut off routes and work the short/intermediate areas of the field.
Blocking – Effort on plays that be blocks is quite different than when he is running a route. Will make initial contact but then does very little to stay engaged and position himself to seal. Was not regularly tasked to hit critical blocks in college.
Play Strength – Wins with finesse and minimal amounts of physicality. Needs to be more assertive when the ball is in the air to position his frame to win in contested situations. Respect for his speed often leads to not requiring an alpha mentality but things will be different in the NFL.
Versatility – Projects as a deep threat in any scheme but isn’t going to be a high volume chain mover. Must develop technically to be a more desired target to all levels of the field. Despite speed, has never been tasked with return duties in college.
BEST TRAIT – Speed
WORST TRAIT – Hands
RED FLAGS – None
Averaging over 23 yards per reception over the last two years at Missouri, Hall’s ability to stretch the field and get behind the secondary would be a welcome addition for any offense. With that said, his route running needs development and his hands/ball skills present issues with consistency that will be further difficult to overcome at the NFL level. With continued development, Hall has a bright future given the threat of his speed. He has illustrated growth throughout his career at Missouri so there is encouragement for more development.