Leon Hall   CB   Michigan

 

STRENGTHS 

Leon Hall plays his position with the instincts and brains of a CB thatís played in the NFL for three years.  He has good size and speed.  He is strong and is a solid tackler.  Leon understands his position in a team sense and structure better than most players coming out in the draft.  He is an excellent zone CB and a very good one-on- one cover CB.  He has the strength to play bigger than his size and he understands how to read a receiver when covering him.  Leon is a very smart CB whoís overall game translates very well to the next level.  He reminds me a lot of Troy Brown (WR/CB New England Patriots.) 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

He lacks the quickness in his game to be an elite cover corner, but overcomes this deficiency with brains and instincts.  At the next level, he will be susceptible to the double move because he lacks the quickness to recover.  However, if he gets beat, he has the speed to make the tackle from behind.

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1

Leon will walk on for the team that drafts him and start right away.  He will make few mistakes and will not be over-matched.  He is ready to be thrown into the mix in the defensive backfield and will become a core player and leader for his team.  On film, this kid makes few mistakes and when he comes up against a challenging WR, he is up to the task.  He also has the ability to forget when he makes mistakes.  This is a big issue for a young CB to learn.  Most CBís that are drafted early have a problem of too much machismo effecting how they play the game.  Leon doesnít show me that his ego is out of control.  I call him Leon (Ready-Mix) Hall because the minute you draft him, he is ready to be thrown into the DB mix.

  

Drew Boylhart

December/2006