In one of their most sensational picks of the NFL Draft, the Jets were able to take Virginia cornerback Bryce Hall. Hall, originally projected to land in the third round, joins a stacked group of corners that might be able to elevate the Jets defense in 2020. Upgrades in the pass-rush might still be needed, though.
Bryce Hall was one of the best players from the pool of high-profile cornerbacks deep in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, New York foresaw an inefficiency in the draft market and decided to wait until finally selecting him with Pick 158. It marked the second terrific piece of draft business by Joe Douglas after trading back to get Denzel Mims the night before. The Jets were able to squeeze Hall in the fifth round despite holding five picks in Rounds Three and Four.
Hall might very well turn into a vital part of the Jets secondary. Right away, at that. Here’s everything you need to know about the Jets’ fifth-round pick.
Collegiate Career (Virginia)
Bryce Hall played a total of 42 games in his four years as a Cavalier. He was the team’s top outside tool in pass coverage. Also, he was very successful on corner blitzes, having recorded more than three in each of the last three seasons. That makes a total of 9.5 sacks during his career.
Hall was on fire in 2018. During that year, he led the NCAA in defended passes with 21. His 38 career-wise rank him sixth in ACC conference history (est. 1958).
Last year, injury problems cost Hall a lot of time on the field, and he participated in just six games, which is why he had career-fewest four defended passes.
What He Brings to the Team
Like with Mims, holding on and getting Hall, an excellent addition at cornerback, was a terrific move at one of the positions of need. An evaluation like this helped the Jets get two quality players, Perine and Clark, and get Hall, otherwise projected for the fourth-round.”
“The chances of Arnette not being available at 68th are good. So the Jets will still go with a corner but will have to shift their focus to another quality prospect. Virginia defensive back Bryce Hall is more than capable of filling their holes.
Hall missed some time last year but had a massive campaign in 2018 when he posted 21 passes defended to go along with two picks. His success in one-on-one situations stems from reading plays quickly, which he does exceptionally well. If that matters for a rookie that will get only so much playing time, he also provides good value when it comes to corner blitzes. He recorded four sacks in four years with the Cavaliers and also contributed to stopping the running game.
Arnette seems like the better prospect. However, Bryce Hall isn’t much of a downgrade compared to Arnette and can become an excellent corner with a minimum amount of work.”
Strengths and weaknesses
Strengths – Zone coverage, Corner blitzes
Weakness – Versatility, Man coverage
How He Fits With the Jets
In our article on the Jets secondary, we indicated that Bryce Hall could be a second-choice nickel, next to Brian Poole. Poole, arguably the Jets’ best corner, is locked up in the spot. Hall isn’t even close to Poole as long as reliability goes but could be a decent fit in a zone 3-4 Corner 3 where he is plugged in the shallow zone. He could resemble a weapon that gives the Jets an advantage in these situations. Climbing the ladder won’t be easy, though, with the competition that the Jets secondary provides in 2020.