Rookie Scouting Report: Wide Receiver Emanuel Hall
Emanuel Hall, Missouri
Weight: 201 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds
Vertical Jump: 43.5 inches
Broad Jump: 141 inches
3-Cone Drill: N/A
While D.K. Metcalf and Miles Boykin were receiving much of the praise for their athleticism at the NFL Combine, Hall may have gone a tad overlooked. He boasted the sixth-fastest 40-yard dash (4.39 seconds), highest vertical (43.5 inches), and furthest broad jump (141 inches). It came out after the Combine that he was dealing with a sports hernia, leaving you to wonder what his numbers could’ve been if he were 100 percent healthy. He’s obviously physically gifted for a receiver who’s 6-foot-2, but did he benefit from Drew Lock, or was it the other way around?
His college production was somewhat capped due to the fact that he never played more than 10 games in any one season. In fact, he played just 34 games over his entire four-year college career. He’s dealt with injuries to his hamstring, groin, and shoulder. Because of that, he capped out at 37 receptions, 828 yards, and six touchdowns in 2018. If you haven’t done the math, that amounts to 22.4 yards per reception, a number that was an even higher 24.8 in 2017. He’s obviously someone who can stretch the field, but is there more?
Size/Versatility: 3.0 out of 5 stars
His weight may seem a bit low on paper, but he doesn’t look small on the field. He’s not just a lanky wide receiver who has speed, but rather a speedy wide receiver who can do a bit underneath as well. He primarily played on the perimeter but did move into the slot at times, though he’s not going to be someone who plays much slot on the next level very much. He’s certainly going to play a field stretching role in the offense but once he develops a bit more in his route running, he may be able to help out in the possession game as well. His hands would also need to improve, so coming into the NFL, he’s got one role in mind, though most NFL teams can find a way to use a player in that role.
Route Running/Ability to Separate: 3.5 out of 5 stars
He flattens his out-routes very well once he gets out of his break, moves across the field and doesn’t float up like some receivers his size do. He’s such a smart route runner when it comes to using the field to his advantage. Once he gets a step ahead of his defender on a go-route, he’ll shift his route a yard or two towards the middle of the field in order to provide his quarterback with a bigger throwing window to the sideline. It’s very subtle, but it’s very smart. He has great burst off the line of scrimmage, which forces cornerbacks to turn their hips upfield, only for him to plant his foot in the ground and have multiple yards of separation. He also manipulates defenders very well, moving them inside or outside depending on where he wants the route to go. He does roll into his breaks a bit, though he flashes better footwork at times. He can also do a better job of selling his routes by animating them with arm movements. In the end, I think there’s still room for him to grow as a route runner, but the tools are there.
Speed: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Very deceiving speed, as he doesn’t appear to be running full-go, but he continually gains ground on cornerbacks. He has noticeable speed right off the bat, forces defenders to turn their backs to the quarterback to keep up. You don’t often see receivers gain multiple yards of separation on straight go-routes, but Hall is one who can do that. His speed leaves almost nothing to be desired.
Hands: 2.0 out of 5 stars
He may have a massive catch radius with his 6-foot-2 frame with a 43.5-inch vertical, 141-inch broad jump, and 33 1/4-inch arms, but he’s not a jump-ball receiver. He’s not a natural hands catcher, but rather a basket/body catcher most of the time. You’ll almost never see him snag a ball out of thin air, which hurts his score quite a bit. You want to be able to see a receiver use his hands when it’s necessary, but I don’t know if Hall possesses that ability right now. His arms also need to come together on his cradle, as you’ll often see the ball moving around when it comes in. When the separation closes, those catches can easily become drops.
Awareness: 2.0 out of 5 stars
If there’s a knock on his game, it’s that he makes it too apparent a ball is coming his way, turning his head around way too soon, which lets the cornerback know the ball is coming his way. Saw him adjust well to a few balls that were thrown behind him, both on deep balls and on slant routes, but he allows the ball to come in over his shoulder rather than go and high-point the ball over a defender. So, his ball tracking is solid, but his ability to high-point or detract defenders is poor.
After the Catch: 2.0 out of 5 stars
He plays with an edge, but he doesn’t have much strength to his game. He has more wiggle than he does tackle-breaking ability, but he’s not going to do much after the catch. His best hope is that defenders don’t square him up and he’s able to slide off their tackle. His speed will allow him to take angles in the open field that most couldn’t, but that should count more towards his speed grade than his after the catch grade.
Potential Landing Spot
If there’s a landing spot where I’d love to see Hall go, it’s to the Bucs to replace DeSean Jackson. While with Arizona, we saw Bruce Arians’ scheme allow both John Brown and J.J. Nelson‘s speed to flourish at times, and they’ve already talked about moving Chris Godwin into the slot. Jameis Winston has the arm to get him the ball down the field, too. Other teams who should be interested include the Steelers, Eagles, Giants, Saints, Chargers, Packers, and Broncos. The list is long, I know, but they can all use a player like Hall.
This is one of the easier comparisons to make among prospects and it’s Mike Wallace. I actually think Hall is a better route runner than Wallace was to start his career and possesses similar speed to get behind the defense. Both of them are more body-catchers than natural hands-catchers and neither are going to break many tackles. Both have enough size to play on the perimeter and have a bigger catch radius than most receivers their height. Because of the limitations with their hands, you won’t see them getting massive targets on most teams.