Deiondre Hall – CB – Northern Iowa
Strengths: Tall with an impressive wing span. Quick feet and good balance to turn with receivers without losing ground. Decent speed that allows him to work all over the field. Shows good quickness with a nice short-area burst to break on the ball. Plays the ball extremely well and has soft hands to capitalize. Strong tackler who shows excellent form and rarely misses. Special Teams ace with several blocked kicks. Humble attitude off the field, but great swagger on it.
Weaknesses: Footwork can get sloppy at times. While he has excellent height and wing span, doesn’t possess a great frame for adding weight. Can get caught in his backpedal and isn’t always aggressive enough on shorter patterns. Often struggles to diagnose the run, and is late in responding. Lack of top competition will be a question mark.
The Fit: The Chiefs are going to need to continue to tool the depth in their secondary. Hall offers ability as both a CB and FS, and can also be a Special Teams contributor. Can’t ask for much more than that with a late 5th round pick. Played mostly man coverage, a lot of it in press, but has the quickness, speed, and wing span to be very solid in zone.
He’s a big-play machine, and has a knack for taking the ball away from his opponents. His stock has fallen recently because of a very poor showing at the Shrine Game and a just average Combine. His 40 time did not match his game tape, so he needs a good Pro Day to help his stock. His coaches rave about him and say he is the ideal player, willing to do whatever is asked of him.
Next: Round 6