Rashard Hall: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Clemson Free Safety

Thomas GaliciaContributor IIApril 27, 2013

Rashard Hall: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Clemson Free Safety

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    Rashard Hall had been a fixture in the Clemson secondary since 2009, which was his redshirt freshman year. Hall hopes to attain the same status in an NFL secondary upon being drafted.

    At 6'2" 210 pounds, Hall can not only play free safety in the NFL, but he could also play strong safety, which is where he usually lined up at Clemson where he was a tackling force.

    Hall hopes to continue his success after his name is called during the NFL draft. Here's a look at five things you need to know about Hall as he begins his NFL journey.

Background

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    Full Name: Rashard Hall

    Birthday: September 7, 1989

    Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida

    High School: St. Augustine High School

    Major: Marketing

    Year: Senior (RS)

    Hall graduated from Clemson in August of 2011 with a degree in Marketing; however, he decided to play out his two remaining years of eligibility. He's a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, and only the second player in Clemson history to graduate in just three years (Hall enrolled in 2008, but was redshirted that season).

Statistics

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    2009: 13 games, 55 tackles, 2.5 TFL, six interceptions, eight PDs

    2010: 13 games, 62 tackles, one TFL, two interceptions, one TD, four PDs

    2011: 13 games, 86 tackles, 2.5 TFL, one sack, two interceptions, three PDs, one FF

    2012: 13 games, 80 tackles, 3.5 TFL, four interceptions, seven PDs, one FF

    Hall started with a big freshman year, picking off six passes and recording 55 tackles. While the number of tackles went up in each corresponding year until his senior season, the number of interceptions and pass deflections would go down as offenses attempted to pass away from Hall.

    The tackling, however, shows a steady increase from his freshman to sophomore season, then makes a significant jump between his sophomore and junior years.

    He's not the flashiest player in the secondary, but he's as steady as a rock.

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 210 pounds

    Arm Length: 32 5/8 inches

    Hand Size: 10 inches

     

    Pro Day Results

    40-yard dash: 4.68

    Broad jump: 10'2"

    Vertical jump: 36

    225-lb Bench Press Reps: 19

    3-Cone Drill: 6.87

    Hall wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine; however, he did show some potential during Clemson's Pro Day on March 7th with 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and a 6.87 time on the three cone drill.

    However, while he has the strength and quickness, his speed leaves much to be desired after running a 40-yard dash of 4.68.

    Stats and measurements courtesy of CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com

Interesting Facts

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    According to Scout.com, while growing up in St. Augustine, Florida, Hall was a fan of the Florida State Seminoles (St. Augustine is 214 miles away from Tallahassee).

    While at St. Augustine High School, Hall was not only recruited by Clemson, but also by South Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State, South Carolina and West Virginia after leading St. Augustine High School to the AAA State Title Game his senior year with eight interceptions and three defensive touchdowns.

    Hall was also proficient as a receiver on the offensive end in high school, where as a wide receiver he led St. Johns County in receiving with over 800 yards and eight touchdowns.

    Hall was named to the Florida Times-Union All-First Coast First Team and was also all-county in basketball and track and field in high school. (Information courtesy of Hall's biography at ClemsonTigers.com)

    Hall graduated in 2011 with a 3.2 GPA and a degree in Marketing, and since his freshman year at Clemson has filled in a role as a public speaker, talking to elementary school kids with behavioral problems as well as high school student athletes on the pillars of character (per Hall's LinkedIn profile).

Observations

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    Hall definitely fits the mold as a good football player but not a spectacular athlete. His speed isn't anything that will blow you away, but his instincts on the ball and tackling skills as well as his length and height give him promise.

    Coaches will also love Hall for his leadership abilities both on and off the field, as he sets a good example with his work ethic for players to follow. His leadership skills made him a fixture in Clemson's secondary for the last four seasons and should help him when its time to make an NFL roster.

    You can follow Hall on Twitter, @ChristTraining.