Hall’s on-field performance is enough on its own to garner NFL attention, as he’s been a regular in Clemson’s always-talented secondary for four seasons. But the fact he became just the second Tigers football player to graduate in just over three years also shows he has the intelligence and work ethic to become a starting strong safety, or at least a valued reserve and special teams contributor at the next level.
As a redshirt freshman, Hall earned honorable mention All-ACC notice by intercepting six passes (including one in four straight games) in addition to making 55 tackles, 2.5 for loss, during seven starts and 14 games played. Though he couldn’t garner all-conference notice in either season, he started 12 of 13 games as both a sophomore (62 tackles, two INT) and junior (86 tackles, 2.5 for loss, two INT).
Smart, determined player with NFL safety-caliber size and length. Secure tackler in the open field once latched on, using his strong upper body. Aggressive filling a running lane, delivers the blow. Reads misdirection and stays disciplined to prevent the big play. Stacks up piles inside, can stop forward momentum with pure effort. Diagnoses and closes fast on underneath routes in zones. Directs teammates to their assignments before the play, reads the offense well. Makes quarterbacks pay for overthrows with interceptions, even if he uses his body or double-catches hot passes.
Needs to prove his straight-line speed, used in single-high looks at times but might have limited range at the next level. Does not always get deep-as-deepest in two-deep looks, either, allowing big plays behind him due to average recovery ability. Angles to the ball can be aggressive, leading to missed tackles, especially when leaving his feet for the stop. Slow, long backpedal, and move forward isn’t always clean, will lose his balance when needing to quickly close. Average hip fluidity for a safety, can be stiff in transition.
Hall has been a fixture in the Tigers’ secondary since his freshman year, when he intercepted six passes to earn honorable mention All-ACC honors. Though he couldn’t maintain that sort of turnover creation while starting as a sophomore and junior, his overall strength against the run (86 tackles in 2011) and pass (10 career INT) are worthy of a mid-round selection as a potential NFL starter.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.