P.J. Hall

Sam Houston St.

Prospect Info

Sam Houston St.
- -
6' 1"
310 lbs
- -
- -

Prospect Grade

Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Round 2 ‧ Pick 25


Despite weighing about 300 pounds and being generously listed at 6-foot-1, Patrick Hall, Jr. (goes by P.J.) played as an outside rusher (standing up and hand-down) early in his career because of his quickness. The two-time first-team Associated Press FCS All-American played defensive tackle as a senior, however, garnering first-team All-Southland Conference honors by racking up 60 tackles, 19 for loss, six sacks, six pass breakups, and tying for the FCS lead with four blocked kicks. Hall was the 2016 Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defender in the old Division 1AA after racking up 24.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks among his 56 total stops (along with three forced fumbles) in 13 starts. Hall was a third-team AP All-American pick and first-team All-Southland selection as a sophomore, leading the Kats with 75 tackles, 22 for loss and 11 sacks. He also blocked five kicks on the year, the second straight season he accomplished that feat. In his redshirt freshman season, Hall started his assault on the record books with a third-team AP All-American and first-team all-conference season. He finished third in Jerry Rice Award voting (top freshman in the FCS) after recording 30 tackles for loss and 12 sacks among his 93 stops, as well as forcing four fumbles.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Grady Jarrett
What Hall lacks in height, weight and length, he makes up for with power, quickness, and explosiveness. Hall has the quickness and strength to be disruptive against the run and pass as a shade nose or reduced front three-technique. His level of production in every category imaginable could foreshadow his ability to translate into the NFL, but he will have to prove he can maintain his weight and stand up to the rigors of the interior with bigger men across from him.
  • Staggering production
  • Dominated his level of competition for four years
  • Finished with 86.5 tackles for loss and 42 sacks for his career
  • Compact with explosive power
  • Has a 700-pound squat to his name
  • Quick off the snap with early hands
  • Sharp upward thrust into blocker establishes leverage
  • Owned point of attack against his competition
  • Able to brace up against double teams
  • Equally powerful with upper and lower body
  • Athletic and rangy as tackler
  • Drives under and through the guard's edge
  • Corners tightly to quarterback once he's in the pocket
  • Able to push pocket as bull rusher
  • Eyeballs quarterback and mirrors his scramble for secondary sacks
  • His 14 career blocked kicks is unheard of
  • Staggering pro day numbers included a 38" vertical, 36 lifts and a sub 4.8 forty
  • Tried to carry additional weight which may have slowed him this year
  • Squatty and lacking NFL length
  • Motor ran hot and cold at times
  • Additional weight appeared to impact conditioning and fatigue levels
  • Faced very few opponents who could match his strength on FCS level
  • Fails to feel and brace for down blocks and can be big-boyed out of the gap by size


The Debrief

Winners and losers from Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft

Five best value picks from Day 2: Bears nail Montgomery selection

Winners and losers from Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Draft: The five best value picks of Round 1

Once-in-lifetime player
Perennial All-Pro
Future All-Pro
Pro Bowl-caliber player
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
Should become instant starter
Chance to become NFL starter
NFL backup or special teams potential
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
Should be in an NFL training camp
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
Likely needs time in developmental league