Breece Hall NFL Draft profile 2021: Fantasy Football fit, scouting report, pro day stats, 40 times, more

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Breece Hall was Iowa State’s offense, and it was an offense that thrived in the Big 12 because she operated through Hall as both a runner and receiver. It’s Hall’s balanced skill set that excites me about his transition to the NFL because I don’t know if you’ll find a fuller reception in that class from a running, hands and athletics. Watching Iowa State attack with Hall was like watching a football game from the days when teams leaned on their backs. Hall has racked up 511 runs over the past two seasons, which is 111 more runs combined than any other Power 5 running back.

Hall’s ability to handle a massive workload and its overall volume may be seen by some as a blow to his profile, and the same was said of Jonathan Taylor and Melvin Gordon when they entered the Wisconsin draft, but I see it from another angle. Hall has proven his ability to handle the full workload and not need to leave the field on any down – his prowess as a receiver makes it difficult for any coach to get him off the field on third downs and obvious passes. There are very few true workaholic backs left at the NFL level, and depending on where Hall lands, he could be next. Which is why it’s no surprise to me that you see Hall come out of the table at No. 1 overall in some fictional rookie-only drafts. Such was the case during our recent rookie-only fictional draft.

We break down everything you need to know about Herbert from a fantasy manager’s perspective, including best fits, Dynasty outlook, measurables, scouting report, key stats and an NFL comparison.

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Brece Hall

IOWAST • RB • 28

Height6-1

Weight217

Age20 (05/31/01)

40 yard dash4.39

vertical jump40 inches

Long jump126 inches

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fancy fits

Buffalo Tickets

Teaming up with Josh Allen in Year 1 has to be Hall’s best possible fit for a multitude of reasons. For starters, the defenses switched to using two safety eyes quite frequently to take away Allen’s deep passing windows – challenging the Bills to run. Devin Singletary found some success running against these lighter boxes during the stretch run, but Hall would immediately step in as an upgrade over Singletary as a runner. He would provide an even bigger upgrade as a receiving option for Allen. Although Brian Daboll is gone, new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey will also prioritize a playmaker like Hall the ball into space on passes designed early and often. There’s a path to serious volume in one of football‘s best offenses — hopefully Hall goes to the Bills.

Vegas Adventurers

This one you might not expect to see because on paper the volume wouldn’t look great with Josh Jacobs on the list. But Jacobs hasn’t been that impressive since the Raiders selected him in the first round (24th overall in 2019) and he’s suffered injuries along the way. With Josh McDaniels now leading the attack, ball carriers who excel as in-form road runners with explosive receiving traits before and after the catch will be a priority. There is no better reception in this class than Hall. Think what James White may have done, and Hall may be on steroids – he won’t need a hard work load to make a major impact in the PPR leagues right away.

Kansas City Chiefs

When is it time to drop the Clyde Edwards-Helaire experiment? Sometimes players who dominate at the college level don’t translate to the next level. The speed of the NFL has seemed too fast for Edwards-Helaire since entering the league. Where are the escapes? Where are the broken tackles? Maybe we should have seen it coming — he played alongside Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson during his breakout at LSU. Either way, Hall may actually be exactly what Andy Reid thought Edwards-Helaire would be — his new-age Brian Westbrook.

Dynasty Prospects

Hall enters the rookie draft in the Dynasty Leagues with excellent prospects thanks to his early age and advantage in the passing game (translated right away). He will be 21 his entire rookie season in the NFL. Hall was the first running back off the board and the first player selected overall in our recent rookie-only sim and he will always be one of the first players drafted — in any format. Hall demonstrated top-level athleticism (explosive jumping, elite straight-line speed), the ability to excel as a receiver, excellent vision and excellent contact balance – and he remained healthy despite a heavy workload at Iowa State.

Screening report

Strengths

  • Contact balance is king for Hall. Some who assess position think contact balance is the most important trait, and it’s easy to see why they feel that when you watch Hall’s tape — he constantly creates after contact and maximizes yardage.
  • Hall enters the NFL with no question marks over his durability. Although he’s racked up more runs than any Power 5 over the past two seasons, he’s largely avoided the injury bug throughout his college career.
  • Hall broke out at an early age, taking the lead as a rookie and racking up for 1,149 total yards and 10 touchdowns.
  • Hall displays an excellent ability to create yards after contact and will immediately be a positive runner in that regard – a trait that often translates to the next level.
  • Hall has legit breakaway speed that shows up on long runs on film from the game where he often beats safeties — backed up by his 4.39 40-yard dash.
  • Massive production at a Power 5 school – in consecutive seasons, Hall has passed 1,750 total yards and 23 touchdowns.
  • Hall is an explosive athlete – he appears in the open field and as a receiving option.
  • Hall has demonstrated his effectiveness and benefits as a receiving option and should immediately translate to that at the NFL level. He had 59 catches (66 targets) for 491 yards and 5 touchdowns
  • The thick and compact lower body construction despite its long frame could also be a factor in its durability.

Concerns

  • Hall is not a breathtaking type of runner and this can sometimes be a problem as he has more buildup speed than anything else (this sometimes works in his favor as he is a patient runner – think of Le ‘Veon Bell)
  • He runs a bit high – partly because of his 6-1 frame. He could get away with it at the college level sometimes almost through defenders — especially around the goal line — but that could be a hindrance at the NFL level.
  • Sometimes Hall takes too long to get vertical and cross contact when it’s his best bet.
  • Hall has a lot more running experience, so he’s better suited for a team that primarily uses a zone-based blocking scheme in the running game.

Breakdown of statistics

g Att RuYds Avg TD Rec Reyds Avg TD
2021 12 253 1472 5.8 20 36 302 8.4 3
2020 12 279 1572 5.6 21 23 180 7.8 2
2019 12 186 897 4.8 9 23 252 11.0 1
Career 36 718 3491 5.5 50 72 734 9.0 6

Advanced Stats You Need to Know

  • Hall led all college backs in yards after first contact since 2019 with 2,310 yards after contact
  • 22 carries over 15 yards – seventh in the nation, according to Pro Football Focus
  • 74 forced missed tackles – the seventh most in the country, according to Pro Football Focus

NFL Comparison

When I look at Hall, I remember the first Arian Foster. Like Foster, I think Hall would be best suited to a Shanahan-style zone-based blocking system. He has Foster’s patience and even provides as much or more breakaway ability – with a thicker frame and better yards after contact ability than Foster had.

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