2020 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Bryce Hall
School: The University of Virginia
Weight: 200 pounds
Hall excels in a myriad of coverages. In off, he drives hard on the ball, without falling for the quick double move. With urgency but not panic, Hall glides towards the play. In press, he uses quicker, sustained technique to jolt, and drive the shoulder pads vertically, halting the route for just a hair.
Magnet-handed prospect. In forty-two games, Hall amassed thirty-eight deflected passes and five interceptions. Hall’s hand-eye coordinators and an uncanny knack for timing sets him apart. Regardless of the angle, throw, or velocity, he adjusts. With late hands, he punches the ball away and forces the throwing window to look even smaller.
Not a burner, yet keeps in closer proximity with wideouts. Hall’s stride gives him the ability to gain ground in a hurry. Maybe a move to hybrid corner/safety would help. As of now, Hall’s burst will see him contain many vertical threats. Also, Hall flashes as a blitzer, notching four sacks.
Despite the preconceived notion of contact-adverse corners, Hall will drop the shoulder and hit. More importantly, he will sift through perimeter trash, when he sees the ball. On Sundays, Hall must use that size to start affected intermediate route, making wideouts pay for catch attempts. The foundation to lay solid hits exist. Now, build the rest.
While Hall isn’t overly twitched, he presents functional quickness. That is to say, he makes the plays he should and possesses enough nimbleness to contain underneath. Hall shadows well and slides underneath.
On November 11, 2019, Hall fractured his ankle, in a game versus Miami. By the time the season eventually starts, Hall should be ready to start camp.
Isaiah Johnson, still a converted wide receiver, still needs reps to gain the confidence to start. For now, Eli Apple looks to be the starter. In all honesty, Apple’s tendency to clutch and grab presents the Raiders with a giant problem.
Hall can alleviate some of this issue with better play. Plus, if need be, he can also slide over and man the safety position. In a subpackage, that versatility lends itself to the Raiders’ pass defense.
If the Raiders manage to trade down, possibly netting a second-round pick, Hall makes sense. First, Hall registers as a Guenther prototype, based on size. However, Hall presents the ability to run with wideouts, unlike many long-limbed previous picks. (Think Daryl Worley) Hall shows the flexibility to stick closely to wideouts, in various patterns. Now, Hall will hit. Not to mention, he will bring force to the play.