Route Running –He's pretty linear, offers his best work defeating press coverage and stacking defenders quickly at the snap. He runs a lot of nines, posts and comeback patterns, but he's not overly nuanced on his route stems and often relies on speed to torch defenders.
Hands –I don't think I saw him cleanly catch a ball on the first try once. Lots of poor drops throughout career and he fights the football when trying to catch the nose. Ball rattles around in the cage and will translate to some poor plays when hoping to secure contested targets.
Contested Catch Ability –He's pretty scrappy and shows good aggression to work for real estate but the unfortunate reality is his hands are so shaky he's going to miss a lot of opportunities to put away contested targets. He doesn't do well above the rim and lacks confident to extend away from his frame.
Run After Catch Ability –He shows good toughness after the catch and explosive burst, which allows him to roll right through pursuit angles. His suddenness will create poor challenges and unbalanced defenders, which he then in turn will out-maneuver.
Football IQ –His game right now is pretty elementary but there are plenty of elite qualities that can translate. He's rough around the edges and needs to clean up the top of his route stems and his versatility as a route runner, but he can win in NFL with his speed as a niche target early.
Vertical Receiving –He's terrific when pushing the pace down the field. Speed will eat up the cushion of defenders in off coverage and few stand a chance to stay stride for stride with him if left isolated on an island. He adjusts his pace to stay under the ball effectively.
Change of Direction Skills –He's very fluid as an open field athlete and I like when he brings as far as sudden start/stop ability and skills to pivot and break a pursuit angle. He's quick to climb as he works off the LOS when sliding laterally to get hip to hip vs. press.
Speed –Brutal watching guys try to stay stride for stride with him, he eats up a ton of space and will blow past guys as if they were flat-footed in their pedal. Game breaker with the ball in his hands in the open field as well, will crack open deep safeties and out-run C2 angles.
Competitive Toughness –Like his demeanor quite a bit. He plays with an attitude and can violently rip the ball away when he's able to get it in the bread basket. He's pretty stout when he clamps hands and does well to hand-check for space and clear out an inch or two to catch the ball.
Blocking Ability –Want to get more consistent showings from him in this regard. Typically tips his hand regarding whether or not it is a run or pass based on his initial step. He works to get into positioning but second effort interest doesn't appear to be prominent.
BEST TRAIT – Vertical Receiving
WORST TRAIT – Hands
BEST FILM – Wyoming (2018)
WORST FILM – Oklahoma State (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Emanuel Hall is a dynamic outside threat who can be a game-breaking receiver in the vertical elements of a passing offense. Hall has excellent speed and tracks the ball well on deep shots. That said, Hall is pretty one dimensional with his routes and doesn't offer a lot of versatility in his tree. Add in some shaky hands and Hall is going to be a player with peaks and valleys, at least early on in his career until he's able to fully flesh out his routes.
ROUND GRADE - Third Round