By Charlie Campbell
Summary: A year ago, Hall’s teammate Payton Turner was a draft riser who ended up being a surprise first-round pick. Hall may not go as high as Turner, but he also has risen throughout the 2022 NFL Draft process. Turner did not have much production before his senior year, when he recorded 47 tackles and six sacks and played tough for the Cougars. After the season, Hall played well at the Senior Bowl practices, and team sources said Hall helped himself in Mobile.
Hall is developing as a pass rusher and has the potential to grow in the NFL. He has the strength to fight off offensive tackles, and he can use his power and length to push around finesse offensive tackles. With a quality burst, Hall can close on the quarterback when he gets free, and he moves well for his size. Hall is a tough fighter who has imposing size and physicality to take on offensive tackles. While he may not be a prolific sacker in the NFL, he could be a solid base end who contributes pressure and is a solid No. 2 rusher to go with a lead rusher on the other side.
Hall is tough in the ground game, where he has the size and strength to set the edge. He can get in trouble when he stands up too high, but when he maintains his leverage, he is tough to move and will maintain his gap integrity. Hall can hold his ground, shed blocks, and flow down the line to take stops.
Hall looks like a future second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He should not slide to Day 3.
Player Comparison: Michael Johnson. Johnson was a third-round pick by the Bengals in 2009 and was a solid end for Cincinnati over a 10-year career. He had a couple of seasons of good sack production, but he was the No. 2 rusher working off of Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins. Johnson was tough to set the edge in the ground game and contribute some rush. Hall could have a similar pro career.
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