Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
(percentile rank among all WRs at the Combine since 1999, courtesy of mockdraftable.com):
40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds (87th)
Vertical: 43.5” (98th)
Broad: 141” (99th)
20-yard shuttle: n/a
Hall struggled staying healthy at Mizzou. Two separate hamstring injuries cost him 3 games in 2017. He underwent left shoulder surgery prior to this past season and then missed 4 games with a groin injury.
When he was on the field, though, Hall was a big-play machine. He left school with a huge 20.8 yards-per-catch average and scored on 16.5% of his career receptions.
Hall improved his catch and yardage totals each year. He really emerged as a junior, finishing 2nd on the Tigers in receiving yards behind J’Mon Moore, a 4th-round pick of the Packers last year.
Hall led Missouri in yards and TDs this past season. Omitting the games he missed with that groin injury, he accounted for 19.6% of his team’s catches, 32.8% of the yards and 26.1% of the TDs. Those marks rank 37th, 16th and 30th among the 48 WRs at this year’s Combine.
Hall topped 70 yards in 7 of his 8 games, including 3 outings of 150+. He made 5 grabs of 40+ yards. And his 4.14 yards per route run ranked 2nd among all draft-eligible WRs, according to Pro Football Focus.
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Games watched - Georgia (2017), Florida (2017), Wyoming, Florida, Oklahoma State
Hall’s 4.39-second 40 at the Combine should have surprised exactly no one. He consistently ran by DBs in college.
But Hall also does some more nuanced things that make him an excellent deep-ball receiver.
He tracks the ball well without losing that speed.
But he also understands how to gear down and keep the defender on his back when the ball is underthrown.
Hall isn’t dominant in contested situations but does show the body control and hands to go get a ball thrown off-frame.
Hall did not run a wide variety of routes at Missouri — and the vast majority of his damage came on the ‘go.’ But with DBs needing to respect his speed, Hall was able to have some success on slants and comebacks.
Hall has all the necessary tools to be a deep threat at the next level: speed, ball tracking and body control. That blazing 40 time at the Combine was just confirmation that he’ll be able to run by NFL DBs.
The question is whether Hall can become more than a 1-trick pony. He’s not an experienced route runner and was never a high-volume receiver at Missouri. He also needs to prove he can stay healthy after missing time with lower-body, soft-tissue injuries the past 2 seasons.
Hall’s elite athleticism (he earned a 99th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine) at least gives him the potential to develop into an alpha receiver. But his college resume says it’s more likely he settles in as a secondary, big-play receiver for his NFL club — and a volatile weekly option for fantasy teams.