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- Height: 6’2”
- Weight 252 lbs
- College: Auburn
- Year: Senior
- Position: Edge
- Thick frame
- Extremely long player. Wingspan of 83”
- Wins predominantly as a power rusher
- Converts speed to power
- Insanely strong. has overpowering strength that is difficult to deal with when attacking the outside shoulder.
- Has the ability to shed blocks.
- Has the instant power and burst in his hand to attack and swipe away arms
- Has the push-pull technique to create leverage and move tackles when rushing from the inside.
- A nasty tackler
- Physically tough player
- Intelligent to read offences. doesn’t bite
- Still plays a bit too upright.
- Can get caught in his opponent’s chest and needs to bowl them over to win
- Still needs to add skill moves
- Rarely is able to counter when he does win the initial contact.
- Isn’t flexible or bendy
- Would like to see him have better hand placement and attack the shoulder of linemen instead of attacking their chest and trying to push them back. linemen will be bigger and stronger in the NFL and he won’t get away with this so much
Derick Hall is a long rangy edge rusher who displays all the characteristics of an early day 2 pick. He is a player that checks all the boxes that give him a high enough floor to be a day 1 starter in the NFL but the tools and traits of a player who has a much higher ceiling. He is a prospect whose strength is difficult to deal with and his ability to convert speed into power, to shed blocks and then manipulate his opposition, makes for a tasty combination.
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