2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Virginia CB Bryce Hall

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Bryce Hall

Height: 6’1

Weight: 200 lbs

 

2019 Preseason All-American by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports
2019 Thorpe Award Preseason Watchlist
2019 Bednarik Award Preseason Watchlist

 

Four-year productive player for University of Virginia.  Two-star recruiting prospect according to 247sports and Rivals.  2019 season ended after suffering left ankle injury.  In this scouting report, we’ll breakdown his mechanics and evaluate his future as a defensive back in the NFL.

 

 

What I Like:

Attack Off The Corner

Bryce Hall shows excellent patience and vision to bring the quarterback down for the sack on this play.  Hall does a nice job of using leverage to push the running back out of the way before locating the quarterback and finishing the tackle.

 

 

What I Dislike:

Poor Tackling Effort

Bryce Hall’s effort on this play at the goal line is awful.  He does an adequate job of leveraging the block to put himself in the right place, but drops his head and is overpowered by the running back. It’s not very common, but I would like to see better technique from the defensive back here.

 

 

Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Read, Diagnose, and Attack

I’d love to see an all-22 view on this play, but Bryce Hall displays excellent range here.  Hall drops back in coverage, but is able to quickly read and diagnose this play before attacking the ball carrier just beyond the line of scrimmage.  Again, I’d like to see better effort to tackle in the open field, but a great effort nonetheless.

 

 

Overall Breakdown

Has good height and solid weight for the defensive back position.  Displays good acceleration and top end speed.  Has good effort on special teams in onside kick returns.  Shows to have a good ability to mirror the receiver and stay within attacking range downfield in man coverage.  Displays a good awareness to keep receivers within range in zone coverage.  Has a solid closing rate on crossing routes when lined up outside receiver.  Displays a solid use of hands to disrupt the catch at point of attack.  Shows to have a good ability to leverage blocks and attack the ball carrier.  Displays a solid ability to remain balanced and patient to tackle in the open field.  Has solid range in zone coverage.  Has a good ability to read and diagnose and attack the ball carrier in the flats.  Has solid quickness off the line of scrimmage to blitz the quarterback.  Displays solid ability to remain balanced and patient to attack quarterback in the pocket.

Use of Hands can be a bit too aggressive at time and can draw pass interference calls.  Displays an adequate use of hands at the line of scrimmage to disrupt and press the receiver.  Displays an adequate open field tackling ability at times.

 

2020 NFL Draft Projection

Mid-to-Late First Round

I have Bryce Hall listed as the second cornerback on my draft board.  He suffered a season-ending ankle injury in 2019, but that shouldn’t deter franchises from taking a long look at him to fill their secondary needs.  Use of Hands and Open-Field Tackling Abilities are of a concern to me.  He isn’t as refined in man coverage as Jeffrey Okudah, the top corner on my board, but he can hold his own.

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