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Overview: At a time when so much in our society seems topsy-turvy, Hall was the epitome of consistency, scoring at least one touchdown in every game the past two seasons for the Iowa State Cyclones -- a remarkable stretch of 24 consecutive contests.
Hall's eye-popping statistics don't end there. The one-time four-star recruit -- who signed with the Cyclones over the likes of Michigan, Tennessee, Iowa and Baylor, among others -- was a standout from the beginning, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors as a freshman with 897 yards and 10 scores. He then nearly doubled those numbers as a sophomore, leading the entire country with 1,572 rushing yards with 21 touchdowns on the ground, becoming the first unanimous All-American in Iowa State history.
Brushing by would-be tacklers with the force of a Cyclone, Hall was shockingly even better as a junior, averaging a career-high 5.8 yards per carry on his way to 1,472 yards in 12 games despite now being the obvious focal point for every opponent. He proved just as reliable as a receiver, hauling in a personal best 36 passes for 302 yards and three scores, giving him a staggering 4,675 scrimmage yards and 56 touchdowns over his short career in Ames.
With it virtually impossible to create a more sparkling resume -- and with 800 touches already packed into three seasons -- Hall opted to sit out Iowa State's Cheez-It Bowl matchup with Clemson to prepare for the 2022 NFL draft.
Strengths: Imposing back straight out of Central Casting with broad shoulders and a powerful overall musculature, including a stout lower half. Decisive downhill runner who shows a legitimate burst to and through the hole, exploding into the secondary. Excellent anticipation, vision and instincts to string together moves, using slight stutter-steps and shoulder fakes to get defenders leaning before either blowing past them with a burst of speed or lowering his shoulder to bulldoze through them. Reads the flow of the defense as well as any back in this class, showing the ability to cut back against the grain, planting and zooming off either foot. Unlike most runners, Hall is as likely to bounce back into traffic rather than away from it, showing competitiveness and the radar to follow a path toward the end zone. May lack elite timed speed in workouts but plays fast, generating impressive power and speed like a runaway locomotive. Effective receiver out of the backfield, showing the ability to handle more than simple dump-offs, extending to pluck passes high, low and wide. Reliable with the ball in his hands, with four fumbles lost (two each in 2020 and 2021) in 800 career touches.
Weaknesses: While there are few true weaknesses to Hall's game, there are some areas in which he could improve. Perhaps most significantly, he has work to do in pass protection, typically dropping a shoulder or attempting to cut rushers instead of truly squaring them up and playing with the same intensity and physicality he does as a runner. Further, while Hall shows good contact balance, overall, he lacks elite body control, crashing at times rather than regaining his momentum when defenders swipe at a foot. Good overall speed for the position -- especially given his size -- but lacks elite breakaway speed, getting caught from behind at times.
Pro Comp:Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns -- What you see is what you get with these two blue-collar backs. What they may lack in flashy highlights (especially in the passing game), they more than make up for with consistency and grit.