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Andre Hal NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Texans CB

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 30:  Jordan Diaz #31 and Damario Jeffery #33 of the South Carolina Gamecocks pursue Andre Hal #23 of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Ian WhartonContributor IMarch 10, 2014

Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt (HT: 5’10⅛;”; WT: 188 lbs.)

Houston Texans

Seventh Round: 216th Pick

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmHand
510118830 1/2"8 5/8"
NFL.com
Combine Results
40-yard dash10-yard splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.40N/A35.5"9' 9"7.144.27
NFL.com

 

Positives

  • As a zone specialist, Hal plays very physical against the top receiver of every opponent. He has no problem using his hands and body to get the receiver off of his timing route.
  • He utilizes the sideline well and forces the quarterback to make a perfect pass, and he puts the wide receiver in a difficult position to complete the catch. By forcing receivers to “settle” their route between himself and the deeper safety, the margin for error is much higher for the offense.
  • Plays well in a confined area, where uses his ability to bait the quarterback into a throw that he can jump.
  • Showed great distance speed at the NFL combine, where he ran a 4.40 40-yard dash. He shows this on occasion during games, when chasing down ball-carriers.
  • Tracks the ball adequately when he keeps his eyes on the quarterback. Although he doesn’t end up with an interception often, he uses his arms to deflect passes with great timing.
  • He measured small at the combine, but he plays a little bigger during games. He’s the definition of a “gamer,” who plays extremely hard despite being limited physically.
  • Defensive leader for an up-and-coming SEC program under (now former) coach James Franklin. Teams wanting a high-character player with good on-field production will love Hal.
  • Very good tackling form and overall effort in run support. He routinely made open-field tackles against SEC athletes. As far as how Hal compares to his 2014 NFL draft classmates, he’s the best cornerback in run support.
  • Adds special-teams value as a gunner and return man after playing on special teams for four seasons.

Negatives

  • Lacks NFL size and length, ranking in the 16th percentile of arm length. Although he plays a little bigger, it is hard to overcome the natural size limitations he has.
  • His physical nature continues too far down the field, often pushing the receiver as far as 15 yards from the line of scrimmage. NFL referees are much more consistent in calling interference penalties.
  • Doesn’t have the hip fluidity that is needed for a starting cornerback. This leads to him having great difficulty playing on-man coverage and covering quick slants while in off-man coverage. He lacks the lateral quickness to hold up with agile receivers.
  • Hip stiffness also causes a slow throttle down when covering comebacks and curls. He will have to stay in strictly underneath Cover 2 or downfield Cover 4, each which gives him over-the-top safety help and lets him watch the quarterback.
  • Lacks high-end potential due to size and athletic limitations. He could be a depth guy if he contributes on special teams, but he’s going to have to go to the right situation. 
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesPDINT
2010Vandy1510
2011Vandy2121
2012Vandy48162
2013Vandy49153
http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/andre-hal-1.html

 

Personal Notes

  • 2013 second-team All-SEC
  • 2012 second-team All-SEC
  • Co-defensive captain in 2013
  • Twitter handle is @DreHal23

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made by http://nces.ed.gov

Overall

Hal is going to have difficulty covering most NFL wide receivers, but if you assign him a specific zone, he can hold his own. He didn’t show the ability to play slot cornerback, so he’s a guy who should be a backup boundary corner. As a depth player, teams may want to go with a guy who can develop instead of Hal, who likely won’t improve with his physical traits.

 

Draft Projection: Fifth Round

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