NFL Draft Profile - Breece Hall - RB - Iowa State

Updated: Jan 22

"Nothing In life is certain except death, taxes and a Breece Hall rushing touchdown" - Quote from James Hill every week for the past two years

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Height - 6ft 1" Weight - 220lbs Class - Junior


High School


Anyone who saw footage from Breece Hall's high school tape, won't be all that surprised with what he has achieved at the College level. Hall combined for 72 touchdowns and 4927 total yards in his two seasons at Wichita Northwest High School. He was the number one prospect in Kansas and the seventh overall running back prospect in the 2019 class according to 247 Sports. His 4-star rating certainly attracted a lot of candidates including Michigan, Tennesee, Ole Miss and Iowa before he officially committed with Iowa State.


College Career


Due to Hall's all-around ability he saw a fair amount of action in his freshman season. He totalled 10 touchdowns and went over 1000 yards from scrimmage showing Matt Campbell and the Cyclones some of that potential they signed up for.


Despite all the chaos of COVID-19 changing the world, Hall had a massive breakout season in 2020. Being the featured back he really took college football by storm. He rushed for over 100 yards in each of his first eight games, scoring a rushing touchdown in every single game of the season. He finished the season as the leading rusher in the FBS with 1572 yards. He rushed for 21 touchdowns adding two more receiving touchdowns. He finished the season as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, runner up to Najee Harris for the Doak Walker award and finished 6th in the Heisman Trophy standings.


Hall carried on where he left off in 2021, by completing a 2nd straight season of scoring a rushing touchdown in every game throughout the season. This led to him breaking the NCAA all-time record for most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown (24). He finished the season totalling 23 touchdowns, matching his total from 2020. He also went over 1750 total yards from scrimmage for the second straight season. Hall once again won the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Finishing 10th in the Heisman Trophy.


Key Attributes

  • Power Runner

  • Doesn't shy from contact

  • Impressive vision

  • Good cutting ability

  • Very good balance

  • Strong, hard to tackle

  • More than effective catching the ball out of the backfield, although maybe not elite

  • Solid in Pass Protection, 3 down back

  • Has seen a heavy workload in High School and College

If you follow me on Twitter you already know I am a huge Breece Hall fan. He's easily my favourite running back in this draft. At this early stage, it's between Hall and Kenneth Walker for RB1 in my eyes. I do love the talent from this years running back class. Last year was my first attempt at watching tape and this group really does have much more talent in depth.


Ultimately Hall fits exactly what I look for in a running back. I always look for pound the rock type of guys who will carry the load. On top of that Hall is fairly decent in pass protection and has been used more than enough to show he can catch out the backfield. Last year Najee Harris was my number 1, followed by Javonte Williams. Hall is on that same level and offers similar qualities.


Tape Study

I enjoy this highlight a lot. Hall caught the ball 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage, 3 defensive players are closing in on him, he doesn't panic, picks his moment and changes direction which makes 2 players miss tackles. Then he does his signature spin move to make another miss. Turns what appeared to be a loss of yards into a big gain.



Hall is under centre for this play. Play actions with QB Brock Purdy, he keeps the ball to find his own offensive lineman pushed into his face. He then uses his vision to find space behind him, cutting his way through traffic for an impressive 16-yard run. I counted 6 players attempting to tackle him on this play.


I've seen this type of play with Breece Hall on many occasions, so much so I thought this was from another game. His cuts seem so subtle although highly effective. His vision and cutting ability are how he breaks into big plays. He doesn't possess top-end speed or great burst at the line, but his vision and change of direction do the hard work for him on most plays.



Another thing you will see when watching his tape, defenders flying around left catching thin air. Simple drop of the shoulder, the famous spin move, slides out of another tackle and speeds for another decent gain


Nothing grand about this play, when you're backed up in your own end zone any positive yardage is a bonus. Iowa defensive front is one of the strongest in College Football, Hall just finds a way of getting out of trouble for a decent gain.



Draft Predictions


1st/2nd Round - If Travis Etienne is a 1st round pick then Breece Hall is 100% a 1st rounder. He certainly has 1st round talent for me, although with the amount of depth at running back I can easily see him going in the 2nd round. Very much like Jonathan Taylor did in 2019 which given how he's performed this year is crazy good value.


Highlights

(My best bits from Hall's incredible final game vs TCU)

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