Sam Houston DT P.J. Hall is one of the more exciting mid-round prospects in this upcoming draft class, with his athletic traits and testing numbers right where you’d want them for a defensive tackle of his caliber.
So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Atlanta Falcons are keying in on this enticing potential draftee.
So, with Hall being put through a workout, he immediately becomes one of the more exciting players of his draft group to meet with the Dirty Bird big wigs.
Our draft analyst Jeremy Riggs took a look at Hall, who’s been flying under the radar this draft process. He likes what he sees, and notes others are beginning to take note as well.
Hall is 310 pounds, but played on the edge early on into his college campaign, which speaks volumes about his quickness. He did not get a combine invite, and his testing numbers were from his pro day. His pro day has been getting him some buzz, and that truly spectacular college production is finally drawing some real attention from scouts and analysts.
One such analyst is NFL’s Lance Zierlein, who makes Hall’s pro comparison to be none other than Falcons DT Grady Jarrett.
What Hall lacks in height, weight and length, he makes up for with power, quickness, and explosiveness. Hall has the quickness and strength to be disruptive against the run and pass as a shade nose or reduced front three-technique. His level of production in every category imaginable could foreshadow his ability to translate into the NFL, but he will have to prove he can maintain his weight and stand up to the rigors of the interior with bigger men across from him.
For a guy who didn’t get an invitation to the combine, Hall is rising in many a draft analysts’ view. If explosiveness is on Hall’s list of skills, you can bet Atlanta will be interested in him. He’d make a really exciting partner for Jarrett.
Zierlein projects Hall to be a third or fourth rounder, so if Atlanta decides to wait add to defensive tackle with a mid-round pick, perhaps Hall is the perfect sleeper with shining potential to contribute right away. If the team decides to double-dip at the position, well, Hall would be a heck of a second DT to add outside of either the first or second rounder.
We’ll see here soon if Hall joins the Brotherhood, or if he’s, like many of these workout guys, just due diligence in Atlanta’s grander plan.