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New York Jets Off the Clock: Fifth-Round Pick Cornerback Bryce Hall, Virginia

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New York Jets Off the Clock: Fifth-Round Pick Cornerback Bryce Hall, Virginia

2020-06-02 14:23:43

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Jets fifth-round pick cornerback Bryce Hall. (Image Source: Keith Srakocic/AP Photo)

The New York Jets had nine picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, including five Day 3 selections. As we take the Jets “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all nine of their draft picks, continuing with their fifth-round choice:

Round 5; Pick 13 (158th Overall): CB Bryce Hall, Virginia

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Measurables: At 6’1” (81st percentile) and 202 pounds (83rd percentile), Hall is very well built for a cornerback. The ACC product is also blessed with long arms (32 ¼”/79th percentile) and big hands (9 5/8”/84th percentile). Unfortunately, an injury kept Hall from participating in the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, as well as suiting up in the Senior Bowl.

Skill Set: A high school wide receiver who also played basketball, Hall has top-notch ball skills. Not only does he have outstanding hands, but great timing and he’s aggressive when attacking the football in the air. He tracks the ball very well and plays with the attitude of a ballhawk. A game-film student, Hall reads receivers very well and has a good feel for coverage. Holds his own against the run.

Value: Many had Hall rated as a late Day 2 selection and had he been able to perform at the combine or show teams he was healthy closer to the draft, he could have easily gone a round or two earlier. Many believe this was New York’s best value pick.

Need: After edge rusher, cornerback was the NYJ’s biggest defensive need. It was a bit surprising general manager Joe Douglas waited this long to address the position.

Mogollon’s Pick: As much as I loved this pick, my guy here would have been Donovan Peoples-Jones out of Michigan, who surprisingly lasted until the sixth round. The five-star recruit underachieved in college but is much more talented than a typical late Day 3 guy. This would have been my swing for the fences pick.

Who Else Did They Pass Up? Minnesota wide receiver Tyler Johnson (No. 161) would have also made sense. He was a very productive pass catcher in college who knows how to run routes and can make plays after the catch. Other corners who went off the board in the fifth round were Georgia Southern’s Kindle Vildor (No. 163) and Harrison Hand (No. 169) out of Temple.

2020 Outlook & Beyond: First and foremost, Hall must prove he’s healthy. If he can do that, the opportunity for playing time in the secondary is wide open. Who the starting corners for the Jets will be in 2020 is anyone’s guess at this point. Starting as a rookie is probably too much to ask, but Hall should be able to help this secondary immediately and the talent is there to develop into to starter before his rookie contract is up.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

 
 

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