NFL Draft Scouting Report: Daeshon Hall

Texas A&M
Defensive End #10
Senior 6’6” 270

  • Ideal size and length for an NFL defensive end
  • Excellent at using hands in pass rush situations
  • Has good bend around the corner
  • Plays the run well using leverage and a good first step
  • Motor runs hot and cold
  • Production could have been better playing opposite Garrett

Daeshon Hall was rated a 4-star recruit coming out of Lancaster High School in Seattle, Washington. He earned 1st-team All-State honors and was the Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year as a Senior. In his first two seasons at Texas A&M, Hall was a rotational player at defensive end that showed flashes of his potential. It wasn’t until his junior season in 2015 that hall became a full-time starter opposite All-American defensive end Myles Garrett.

His 2015 junior campaign was a breakout season for Hall. He compiled seven quarterback sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss for the Aggies, including four sacks in a season opening win against Arizona State. His performance in 2015 put him on the scouting radar. Hall had a decision to make on whether he should go Pro or stay in school. He chose the latter and decided to come back to Texas A&M for his senior year. His senior year saw Hall’s production dip a bit. He recorded only 3.5 sacks. Hall’s play in 2016 was very inconsistent but once again flashes were shown of the player he ultimately can be.

Hall brings the prototype blend of size and length required to be a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme in the NFL. He also has the requisite athletic ability to stand up as a rush linebacker in a three-man front. He uses his hands and length to keep offensive linemen at bay and to be able to set up his arsenal of pass rush moves. Hall also shows excellent bend off the edge which is a key trait for an edge rusher. Hall also plays the run very well. He is quick off the ball and uses his leverage to push blockers into the backfield. The play below illustrates this:

Although Hall does not make the tackle, he disrupts the play by forcing the blocker back into the hole where the play was designed to go.

Hall also possesses good skills in rushing the passer. He uses his hands well and his quick first step also helps to get a jump on blockers. He also converts speed to power and shows tenacity in his rushes:

Hall’s tenacity enables him to split two blockers and get to the quarterback and force a turnover. If he was able to do this with more consistency, his name would be talked about as a 1st round prospect.

Hall has all of the physical tools to be a very good player in the NFL. Due to his combination of size and length, his best fit would be in a 4-3 scheme, preferably lining up over the right tackle. If he is able to find a level of consistency, he has the capability to become a possible Pro Bowl caliber defensive end.

NFL Comparison: Michael Johnson

Round Value: 2nd-3rd round

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