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 Post subject: Derek Hall, OT, Stanford
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:38 pm 
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DEREK HALL
6-5/305
Stanford Senior
40: 5.25e

PROS:

Plays with good pop and is able to get leverage and position as a run blocker. Shows ability to lock on and make the kickout block on the edge. Has decent feet on the edge and can lock on in pass protection with a decent punch. Shows enough athleticism to pull and does a nice job hitting his assignments on the second level.

CONS:

Needs to get bigger and stronger. Has to improve his hand placement to better get leverage as a run blocker. Comes out a bit high off the snap in short-yardage. Needs to improve his punch on the edge in pass protection. Struggles to match up with speed on the edge and opens up his stance too early. Has trouble locating targets in space when he's pulling.

OVERVIEW:

Hall is a nice developmental prospect up front. Nothing really pops about him on tape, but he is able to get the job done. He barely played early at Stanford, appearing in just two games until he won the starting right tackle job as a senior. He started all 13 games at that position. He played mostly defensive line and tight end in high school.

NFL FORECAST:

The main thing with Hall is potential. He has the potential to play multiple positions at the next level. He is athletic enough to stay on the outside, but needs to get bigger and stronger and improve his technique to make up for just so-so feet. If he does that then he can be a capable right tackle, albeit likely a reserve in a zone blocking scheme. Ideally, he'll probably move inside where his feet won't be an issue. There they are potentially a strength. But to play guard, he'll also have to bulk up and improve his hands. If he can do those things, then down the road, Hall can probably be a decent to capable starter. If not, then he can help out a team's depth by being a guy that can play both inside and outside. Most likely, he'll have to sit for the better part of two or three seasons before he can be expected to make a move up the depth chart, but by the end of his rookie contract he should be ready to push for a starting job.

ATL FORECAST:

Hall is probably a better fit as a guard in Atlanta. He could potentially down the road fill a similar role and niche as Svitek since he's just as capable an athlete, but like Svitek he's not a guy that you want going up against quality defensive ends because they'll eat him alive. Hall isn't a great fit in Atlanta because he's probably a better fit in a zone-heavy blocking scheme, but he could be a nice depth guy and utility guy that can fill a similar role as Ojinnaka did by being able to play inside and outside down the road. But more than likely, he's not good enough to carve out a significant role early on the depth chart, so he'll have to spend a year or two on the practice squad before he can be expected to carve out that niche.

VALUE:

Hall merits a look in the sixth or seventh round. But the team that drafts him should consider him more for depth than as a potential starter.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 2.5
Pass Blocking: 2.5
Run Blocking: 3.0
Footwork: 2.5
Technique: 2.5
Mobility: 3.0
Mean Streak: 2.5

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