RB - NYJ
The New York Jets intend to use both Breece Hall and Michael Carter in complementary roles out of the backfield, "but Hall is the lead back," writes Connor Hughes of The Athletic. The Jets reportedly view the rookie as a "home run threat."
Hughes explains that the Jets like both Hall and Carter, but "they’ve always viewed [Carter] as an ideal complement in Mike LaFleur’s running back by committee. Hall is now the Batman to Carter’s Robin." Of course, this makes sense after the Jets made Hall the first running back drafted this spring. During his final year at Iowa State, he produced 1,472 rushing yards, 289 receiving yards, and 23 total touchdowns. He enters his rookie season as an RB3 with low-end RB1 upside. Carter, on the other hand, is still a very appealing threat who can handle lead back duties if Hall suffers an injury or the Jets need fresh legs. As a rookie last season, Carter came just shy of 1,000 scrimmage yards (14 games) but still finished with double-digit fantasy points on seven occasions, including a 32.2-point effort in Week 8. He has a lower ceiling but can still provide FLEX appeal on a weekly basis in 2022.
The New York Jets have selected running back Breece Hall with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The New York Jets have added a true feature back in Breece Hall to what has quickly become an exciting offense. Hall should immediately step in as the lead back and see north of 220 touches as a rookie. Thanks to being a plus receiver out of the backfield, he is firmly in the RB2 conversation for redraft leagues. Dynasty league managers should consider him a part of the RB1 conversation.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that former Iowa State RB Breece Hall visited with the Houston Texans on Wednesday.
Hall, who’s projected by most NFL draft analysts to be the first RB selected in the 2022 NFL draft, was a true bell-cow RB while at Iowa State. The Cyclones ran their offense through Hall, who recorded 511 carries and 41 touchdowns over the past two seasons. The Texans would be a great fit for Hall from a fantasy perspective, as there aren’t many landing spots that provide a clear path to bell-cow type opportunities, but the Texans are one of those locations with Marlon Mack, Rex Burkhead, and Royce Freeman as his main competition for carries. Although Houston doesn’t project to have a high scoring or efficient offense in 2022, Hall would likely receive a large workload, and often times in fantasy volume is more important than efficiency. For proof you need to look no further than last season when Najee Harris averaged a poor 3.9 yards per carry behind an underwhelming Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line, but he received a whopping 307 carries which was enough to propel him into the RB4 on the season.
Breece Hall's final official numbers at the combine include a 4.39 second 40-yard dash, 40-inch vertical, and a broad jump of 10 feet, 6 inches.
Many evaluators are saying Hall improved his draft stock the most following the combine. Indeed, according to Next Gen stats, the former Iowa State Cyclone is one of only six backs to receive an overall combine NGS of 99 since 2003. He and Jonathan Taylor are the only two backs since 2017 to run the 40 in sub-4.4 seconds while weighing over 215 pounds. Dynasty league managers take heed.
According to The Draft Network, Breece Hall runs a 4.46 40-yard dash with his second attempt at the combine.
Hall, a projected 2nd round draft pick out of Iowa State, ran a 4.46 40-yard dash with his second attempt during Friday's combine. His time marked the 6th fastest at the RB position and 14th fastest among RB/WR/TEs.
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