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P.J. Hall NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Oakland Raiders' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Photo Credit: Brian Blalock

POSITIVES

—Undersized (6'1", 310 lbs) but plays with great athleticism and strength (36 reps).

—Amazing speed for the position (4.7 seconds at his pro day) and burst (38-inch vertical)

—Lined up all over the defensive line and even stood up as a rusher for Sam Houston State.

—Totaled 42 sacks in his four-year career, despite recording just six in 2017.

—Can play all three downs as a pass-rusher and run-stopper.

               

NEGATIVES

—Dominated smaller competition at Sam Houston State.

—Playing weight and strength will be a concern for scouts. Even though he did 36 reps, it doesn't always show up on film.

—Can be taken out of the play by getting too far up field.

—Fails to keep gap responsibility when facing bigger guards.

—Doesn't play well with hands and uses his speed and agility to beat lesser competition.

              

OVERALL

An athletic wonder on the defensive line, P.J. Hall put up numbers that rival the likes of J.J. Watt. He might need time to catch up on scheme and playing up to the NFL level after four years at FCS Sam Houston State, but he's a very versatile player who is comfortable and productive in many defensive techniques. He has recently been linked to the Atlanta Falcons and would be a great fit in their defense.

               

GRADE: 6.00 (Round 3)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Sheldon Richardson, Minnesota Vikings

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