2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Bryce Hall
School: The University of Virginia
Weight: 202 Pounds
Round Projection: 2-3
In grading Hall’s speed, you can choose two paths. Given his frame, Hall could project as a safety. In that case, his speed rates well above average. When you look at film, you see the ability to turn and run with outside receivers, or shadow slots on deep outs. In every aspect of explosion for a safety, Hall checks the boxes with timing and decisiveness. On the other hand, if you regard him as a corner, he rates in the average category. In either spot, Hall possesses the ability to stay with receivers vertically.
As mentioned, the versatile Hall displays a feel for coverage. On the outside, Hall believes in physical contact that will not draw a flag. Like a veteran, Hall will slightly turn his inside shoulder toward a defender. If they both jump, the defender feels that on his chest, limiting his movement and range of motion. Meanwhile, before the ball arrives, Hall times and reads the pattern based on steps and movement.
Granted, Hall does not possess the sticky quicks of smaller corners. Under those circumstances, his adequate agility allows him to not gamble too much and stay disciplined.
If you look at Hall and fellow UVA defensive back Juan Thornhill, you realize that teams threw the ball versus the Cavaliers often. As a result, Hall developed a knack for technique. When he can grasp the ball with two hands, Hall with snare it and make the pick. During his career in Charlottesville, he tallied five of them. More importantly, Hall earned a reputation for knocking the ball away. In 2018, he led the nation with 20 deflections.
If Hall is to see reps at the net level, he must continue to improve his tackling approach. Granted, forcing three fumbles for a defensive back may appear impressive, but going for the strip is not always the smartest move.When Hall focuses on the hit, he brings emerging technique into the fold. With his speed, run support should be no issue. Similarly, his size will also allow his to cast off blockers to make the play.
With Marcus Gilchrist, the Raiders employ a safety with the ability to line up at corner. However, Bryce Hall would give Oakland the opposite. Hall is a bigger corner that could excel as a coverage safety. With Reggie Nelson probably retiring, the Raiders could use a rangy playmaker with the ability to make plays on the ball.