Deiondre Hall, CB
School: Northern Iowa | Conference: Missouri Valley
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 199 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Charles Tillman
|2012||Northern Iowa||Missouri Valley||FR||CB||11||16||13||29||0.5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Northern Iowa||Missouri Valley||SO||CB||13||38||19||57||6.5||3||2||68||34||1||5||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Northern Iowa||Missouri Valley||JR||CB||14||49||24||73||3.5||0||5||75||15||1||6||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Northern Iowa||Missouri Valley||SR||CB||14||58||24||82||5.5||0||6||100||16.9||2||4||0||0||0||3|
Deiondre Hall is one of the longest cornerbacks in this draft. Length for a cornerback is a bid deal nowadays as NFL receivers get bigger and more athletic. The "bigger" secondary players are viewed as valuable commodities not only because of their length but because of their size as well. At 6'2'' Hall is a cornerback that checks those physical boxes. Perhaps what will be most impressive for teams aside from Hall's size is his competitive fire, and no back-down attitude. He's a very confident guy. He also displays versatility having played cornerback, safety, and some linebacker while at Northern Iowa. Hall has good ball skills recording 13 career interceptions at UNI but he does require some coaching up with his discipline and patience.
Like most players with his competitive spirit he is aggressive and goes after the ball in the air and on the ground but he can be exposed due to lack of patience and discipline. He can bite hard on fakes by taking false steps and has some tightness when trying to run stride for stride with faster receivers. When he gets to the ball in the air though he can win and finish he took four INTs back for touchdowns in his career.
- Aggressive ballhawk not just in theory but in practice. Plays with confidence.
- Excellent length and size.
- His best fit is likely at corner but he had success playing safety as well at UNI could be a position-versatile player.
- Doesn't back down and plays with great effort, passion, and grit. Got an A+ in trash talk and competitiveness at the Senior Bowl.
- To the above point not afraid to challenge big and fast receivers from higher level programs, he plays with a chip on his shoulder.
- Not afraid to come up in run support. He is decisive and tackles with purpose, has a high level of production there too.
- Dominated in a lower level conference.
- Overly aggressive at times mistiming breaks, tackles, or jumps.
- Doesn't have elite play speed and testing confirmed it.
- Needs to build a little more quality mass especially if a move to safety is in the cards for him.
- Struggles to get back into position and recover if beaten off the line of scrimmage.
Let's see his work:
Both Deiondre' Hall and Daryl Worley profile as Seahawks CB targets. Only eligible CBs that hit all thresholds. Keep them in mind Day 3.— Ethan Young (@NFLDrafter) February 29, 2016
The "true length" CBs (6'0", 32" arms) are: James Bradberry, Deandre Elliot, Deiondre Hall, Jalen Ramsey, Rashad Robinson, Daryl Worley— rabblerousr (@rabblerousr) February 29, 2016
Deiondre Hall impressed during Senior Bowl week. Major swagger. He's a tornado of trash talk and profanity on the field.— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) February 27, 2016
Deiondre' Hall had 34 3/8" arms. Which means SEA will take him and he'll go to the Pro Bowl a bunch.— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) February 27, 2016
I want to really like Deiondre Hall and his 34" arms. I really do. But he is VERY raw. Some team will reach for him Day 2, but not ready.— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) January 28, 2016
Deiondre Hall is getting after it with Braxton. NC-17 language.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) January 28, 2016
Deiondre Hall playing with loads of confidence and NC-17 trash talk. Just destroyed Allison— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) January 28, 2016
I'm a Deiondre' Hall fan, but he gets beat way too often when he has to change direction on comebacks & double moves pic.twitter.com/h4x4KI4AY4— Rob Donaldson (@DraftCharge) January 26, 2016
Again, Deiondre' Hall struggles to stick his plant foot in the ground on comebacks. pic.twitter.com/9KYlkQJVXm— Rob Donaldson (@DraftCharge) January 26, 2016
Deiondre Hall's press tech is inconsistent, but he's long, physical, and moves pretty well in coverage. Will tackle and support run D too.— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) January 25, 2016
He's plenty raw, but #UNI CB Deiondre' Hall is fun to watch. Gambles too much, struggles w/recognition at times, but a lot to like, too.— Luke Easterling (@LukeEasterling) December 18, 2015
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
I think the Redskins could always use a 6'2'' cornerback that plays aggressively and isn't afraid to tackle. There is a lot of talk about Hall being a potential Seahawks target because his size, length, and athletic ability meet their thresholds. I wonder if that is a McCloughan implementation and if the Redskins will use this "threshold" this year when selecting a cornerback. I don't think Hall is a slot corner. He is best used on the outside and he may have trouble seeing much action outside of special teams behind Culliver, Breeland, and Blackmon. I'm not sure he is the best prospect to move to safety either despite him having some experience playing center field but it could be an interesting move if he could catch onto the system. He also provides size at the position for the future. At minimum Hall provides good depth at the position and the Redskins add a tough, aggressive, player that isn't afraid to fly downfield and make tackles on special teams. This is probably the best scenario for Hall as I don't think he's ready to be thrown in the fire just yet. He's the type of player who's natural talent can go a long way if given the time to develop.