Daeshon Hall 2017 NFL Draft Profile

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Daeshon Hall of Texas A&M in action during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Overview
Position: Edge defender
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 266 pounds
School: Texas A&M Aggies

Combine Performance Data
40-yard dash
: 4.76 seconds
Bench press: 18 reps
Vertical jump: 36 inches (fourth among defensive ends)
Broad jump: 10 feet, 3 inches
Three-cone drill: 7.03 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.38 seconds

Daeshon Hall 2017 NFL Draft Profile

Daeshon Hall has been known through most of his Aggie career as the guy opposite of Myles Garrett. A native of Lancaster, TX, Hall was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and decided to stay in his home state and head to College Station to play for Texas A&M.

Hall was the 15th rated defensive lineman prospect in the country and had the size to start for the Aggies right away. Still, as a freshman, he played in mostly a rotational role. He put up 28 tackles and an interception in his first season over eight appearances. As a sophomore, Hall was even more involved on the defensive line and put up three sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss on the season.

However, his junior season was his breakout. Playing across from Garrett, Hall feasted on single teams. He put up seven sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss on the season, adding two forced fumbles as well. His senior year was not as productive, though. He only put up 3.5 sacks but still did add 13 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Hall is a player with great athletic numbers, but some questions as his best play came during the best play of Garrett. How does Hall translate to the NFL?

Strengths

  • Wins with power.
  • Can set the edge well.
  • Tested out to be a great athlete.
  • Does well in stunts and shooting through tight holes.
  • Body is still growing.
  • Displays good awareness.

Weaknesses

  • Doesn’t get good arm extension.
  • Doesn’t have great pass rushing moves or counters.
  • Had trouble bending and getting around the edge.
  • Can get pushed and bullied off of his path to the quarterback.
  • Still raw in his technique and upside.

NFL Comparison: Wes Horton

Teams with needs at position: Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys

Projection: Fourth Round

Bottom Line

Hall is an interesting case because a lot of numbers point to him being a major success, but the tape tends to say otherwise. Athletically, Hall tested great. It caught the eye of many evaluators and may have boosted his stock up a round or two. Add in outstanding measurables and at least one good year of production, and Hall can be worth a shot.

However, on tape, there is more to be desired. Hall does a poor job of extending his arms and tends to rely on his physical features and his strength to bully over his opponent. He is also a better straight line athlete than he is a fluid mover.

The physical features give Hall the upside of a starter in the NFL. However, the tape suggests that his best role is as a rotational end, and a potential early-down run stuffer. With the combination of upside and downside, it is tough to project when Hall will be selected. A team could bank on molding him into a star pass rusher and swing for him in the second round. His tape and lack of production as a senior could also shoot him down into the fifth or sixth range. Overall, the best bet is that he will wind up right in between in the third or fourth round.

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