RB – Iowa St.
6’1” 220 lbs
Notable College Production:
Breece Hall is a prototypical feature back that can play on all three downs and excels at the goal line. He was extremely productive in college and looks like the kind of guy certain NFL coaches will dream about giving 25 carries to when they want to grind out a win. He is a natural pass catcher with good moves in the open field to pick up extra yards after the catch. His best traits are his vision, short area quickness, and initial burst when hitting the hole or making a cut. There are no glaring weaknesses in Hall’s game but his lack of elite athleticism may prevent him from ascending to the upper echelon of NFL running backs.
Hall was a record setting back at Iowa State. Most impressively he broke a 51 year old NCAA record by scoring a touchdown in 24 consecutive games to finish his career. Hall brings a well rounded skill set to the NFL with the ability to grind out yards between the tackles, catch the ball out of the backfield, and enough speed to score when he has an open lane. He doesn’t appear to be an electric athlete but he has the lateral quickness and burst to get to the second level where he can make defenders miss with both finesse and force. He possesses decent contact balance and a very good stiff arm that makes it difficult for the first defender to bring him down. Perhaps Hall’s best trait is his vision, which he used to great effect in Iowa State’s zone running scheme by routinely finding cutback lanes and creating big plays.
Hall was ultra-productive in his three years at Iowa State with more than 4,600 scrimmage yards and 56 total TDs. He proved durable despite the significant workload and should be capable of handling bellcow duties early in his NFL career. He did lose a handful of fumbles in college so that is worth monitoring but it seems unlikely that will lower his draft stock. Likewise, he has room to improve in pass protection but has the frame and physicality to be above average in that area with more experience.
It’s usually a good sign when the biggest red flag for a prospect is simply the ‘tread on the tires’ from the significant workload they handled in college. Hall projects to have a good floor and a high enough ceiling to keep him among the top rookie running backs in fantasy drafts. As with all RBs, it will be important to reassess Hall’s rookie season projection once we know his landing spot, but he is safely in the top tier of RB prospects from a pure talent evaluation.