Feet - Is successful in coverage because of intelligence and awareness more than rapid or fluid footwork. With that said, Hall maintains a balanced base and isn’t a regular victim of false or unnecessary steps. Has enough foot quickness to close, but his length also comes in handy in those situations.
Man Coverage - There will be matchups against bigger wideouts without as much twitch and burst that he can handle carrying into space alone. Best utilization comes in a zone heavy scheme and he is miscast playing primarily in off-man situations. Modest short area agility and route mirroring skills create some challenges.
Tackling - This is one of the primary areas his ultra competitive nature shows up. More than willing in run support and he has a quick trigger attacking downhill to tackle against quick game and the run. Aims low, wraps and brings his feet.
IQ/Awareness - Virginia deploys a variety of coverage techniques and his experience fulfilling those responsibilities will serve him well at the next level. Route anticipation and coverage spacing comes easy for him in zone coverage. IDs the run quickly. Trusts his techniques and understands his run fits.
Physicality - Shows up in every way. Assertive tackler that brings excellent hitting power and contact balance to the point of attack. Does well to take on blocks with his hands in pursuit, disengage and compete to finish. Physical in press coverage and truly disrupts route timing. Will mix it up with anyone at the catch point when challenged and gives great effort on special teams. No issues here.
Ball Skills - Ball skills are exceptional and he led the nation in pass breakups in 2018 with 21. The game slows down for him at the catch point. Always locates the football and puts himself in position to compete. Has good body control and length that helps him close. Former wide receiver and it’s obvious when the ball is in the air.
Press Technique - Effective crowding receivers at the line of scrimmage, redirecting routes and suffocating releases. I also like him in soft press to leverage the release and his ability to disrupt route stems. Has to be careful since his transitions can be a touch segmented and separation for the receiver can be achieved.
Flexibility - Doesn’t impress with overly loose hips and rapid transitions. Agility and change of direction skills are only average. Transitions can be segmented.
Versatility - Experienced in a variety of techniques but his best usage at the next level comes in a zone heavy scheme. Outstanding run defender who can be used situational in press coverage as well. Proven special teams contributor.
BEST TRAIT - Ball Skills, Physicality
WORST TRAIT - Man Coverage
RED FLAGS - Ankle injury limited his senior season to just six games.
NFL Stylistic Comp - James Bradberry
Hall is a long and physical corner with exceptional ball skills, but his quickness and agility are only average making him best suited for a zone heavy scheme in the NFL. While he isn’t a universal scheme fit, Hall profiles as a plus starter in the right role and his ability to make game-changing plays on the football certainly increase his appeal. Hall is an extremely competitive football player that also has exceptional football character. He should be a team leader and well-respected for his character and efforts in the community given his resume at Virginia. It would not surprise me to see Hall start early in his career, but definitely by Year 2/3.