by Ryan Myers
Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Baylor, DL, Gabe Hall
Name - Gabe Hall
Pos - DL
Team - Baylor
HT/WT - 6’6” 292 lbs.
Home - Waller, TX
Gabe Hall played his high school football at Waller High School where he made 41 tackles, 13.0 TFL and 11 sacks in his senior season. He earned 3-star recruit ratings from ESPN, Rivals.com, and 247Sports. He was fairly highly recruited out of high school as he chose Baylor over TCU, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona and Utah.
Hall appeared in 8 games as a true freshman at Baylor, recording 3 tackles including 0.5 TFL in his very limited snaps. Hall missed the final 6 games of 2019 with a knee injury. In 2020, he played in just one game, recording no stats and redshirting heading into 2021.
In 2021, Hall saw 13 games of action and started 8 of them. He recorded 17 tackles in that season while finishing 4th in TFL with 7 and 2nd in sacks with 6. His success carried into last season when he played in all 13 games and made 12 starts at defensive end. He made 36 tackles including 5.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks. His tackles doubled as a result of higher snap share. This productivity had him named Al Big-12 honorable mention and had him on NFL watch lists after last season was up. So far this season, he has continued playing fairly well for the Bears as he has 18 tackles, 3.5 TFL and 2 sacks.
Hall has an NFL-ready frame for the edge at 6’6” and 292 pounds. He has a bit more mass to add if he will be playing on the inside, but off the edge this frame will serve him well as he will be a lot to handle for offensive linemen. He is quick and shows great burst off the edge with good mobility to bend his way around blockers into the backfield. His athleticism serves him well as his rush moves are quick and efficient. His spin move has been his best tool during pass rushing as it is already at an NFL caliber.
Hall has great athleticism and speed for a defensive lineman, but this can lead him to lose control at times and take himself out of plays when unnecessary. He does this by attempting to do too much at times, which has also led to injuries in his past. His combination of athleticism and size is rare, and he will need to learn to harness this better in order to be the most effective and efficient version of himself as a player. He is still a bit underdeveloped as a pass rusher due to his adequate, but not ideal mechanics. He does not always create the best leverage, but with his quickness, he can get away with it on occasion. His stature may be great for a defensive lineman, but he will have to add mass before being a piece on the interior in the NFL.
Hall has good chase down ability behind the line and on the edges and is a reliable tackler due to his exceptional length. His numbers may not jump off the page this season, but with Hall’s unique combination of athleticism and size, he will be an interesting and exciting prospect for teams to consider on draft day.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 6th round or 7th round