Nate Hall

Northwestern
LB20

Prospect Info

College
Northwestern
Hometown
Class
OH
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
225 lbs
32 1/4”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

4.90
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

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Hall hopes to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Jimmy, who played safety at Northwestern and signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent. He took a big step toward that goal in 2017, starting all 13 games and earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors with 79 tackles, a team-high 16.5 for loss, five sacks, two interceptions and six pass breakups. He suffered an ACL tear that December but returned for the 2018 season opener. Hall was an honorable mention all-conference selection again as a senior (51 tackles, 5.5 for loss, three interceptions, two pass breakups), though he missed five games (including the team's bowl game) with a shoulder injury.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
SAM linebacker lacking the NFL body type and athletic ability that most teams will look for in a draftable talent. His instincts and diagnosis are adequate, but his physical shortcomings may be too severe to work around with just more coaching. Too many missed tackles and too few impact plays make Hall a longshot for a roster spot.
Strengths
  • Quick to diagnose and go
  • Recognizes blocking schemes and run lane developments
  • Sticks his nose in and does plenty of dirty work
  • Has the size to pop as a hitter when he brings his feet with him
  • Attacks zone gaps with good aggression to constrain play flow
  • Three interceptions this year were all highlight-worthy
Weaknesses
  • Bulky through hips and lacks desired level of definition
  • Plays with hip tightness and is slow in his scrapes
  • Hands usage has to become priority in his take-ons
  • Gets beat in the leverage game at point of attack
  • Plays on skates in spaces with an assortment of missed tackles
  • Has trouble coming to balance and squaring targets
  • Play speed and coverage talent miss the mark
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league