Drafted: ROUND: 2 - Pick Number: 36 (NYJ)
Draft Profile: BioAs a senior at high school, Breece Hall rushed for 2,127 yards and 29 touchdowns and was again named first-team All-Metro and first-team All-State and was named the Wichita Metro Player of the Year He was heavily recruited and chose Iowa State over Michigan, Ole Miss, and Iowa. As a freshman, he put up very good numbers running for 897 yds and scoring 9 touchdowns. It wasn't until his sophomore season where he really established himself as a dynamic player in Iowa State’s run to the Big 12 title game and Fiesta Bowl. Hall was the leading rusher in the FBS during the 2020 season, piling up 1,572 yards on the ground. Hall became the first running back since LaDainian Tomlinson to rush for 100-plus yards with a rushing touchdown in seven straight games to start a season. Hall also had 23 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns. The running back’s 23 total touchdowns are the second-most of any player in the FBS division. Hall was Iowa State’s first unanimous All-American selection. He was also named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year for his performance during Iowa State’s 10-game regular season.
Hall's 2021 season was equally impressive as he became the leading rusher of the Big 12 with 1,472 yards and 23 total touchdowns which led to him being named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year as well as an All-American for the second year in a row.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Well-built with a thick frame and powerful lower body which keeps his legs pumping through contact. Patient behind the line of scrimmage, allowing blocks to create openings, and looks for cutback lanes with accurate vision.
- Hall is a patient runner who is quality one cut back
- Very good vision and picks his holes with good instinct
- Very explosive - especially for his size
- Strong interior runner. Quickly presses the line of scrimmage and has the burst to get through the line of scrimmage and into the second level quickly. A classic North-South runner who doesn't waste time moving laterally.
- His 40-yard dash of 4.39 puts him in an elite tier of running backs. He has great acceleration and burst through the line of scrimmage.
- Mostly an off-tackle runner who mostly relies on his first step before the secondary level, he's very quick and often breaks past the line of scrimmage.
- Solid receiver in the flat, capable of running through tackles on the edge to move the chains. Flexible enough to catch passes thrown behind him.
- Hall has also seen some action in the passing game, where he has 46 receptions for 432 yards and 3 touchdowns over his two seasons.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Offers little in pass protection and poor technique cut blocking, fails to do more than slow down blitzes by laying down in front of them.
- Doesnt play as big as is and will have to work on his power run game.
- He doesn't break many tackles physically, but does always fall forward.
- Is mote fast than quick won't be able to turn on a dime
- Isn't as effective as you hope considering his ideal physical traits - will need to learn to play lower to the ground
- has a lot of mileage on the clock as he has been the featured back for three straight seasons
Scouting Report: SummaryHall is an excellent running back prospect and we could see him starring on a run-first team in the NFL where he would have no problem regularly clocking up 1000-yard-plus seasons if featured correctly. He isn't perfect however and will have to improve his skills as both a blocker and a receiver if he wants to be considered as an ideal three-down back in the pros.
He has the talent to go in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft and is the best power work-horse back in this year's class.
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