BYU QB Jaren Hall Has ‘Met With Almost Every Team in the League’ Ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft

The 2023 NFL Draft is nearly here, and as we inch closer to the offseason's marquee event, every team's draft plans apparently include BYU QB Jaren Hall.

If you follow college football and the NFL Draft, you certainly know the arguments around which university can claim “QBU” as the top producer of quarterbacks for the next level. With Jaren Hall the next in line to be selected from Provo, the BYU Cougars certainly belong in that conversation.

Jaren Hall Speaks to ‘Almost Every Team’

Across the landscape, the majority of the quarterback talk for the 2023 NFL Draft has been centered around the first-round prospects, and it’s clear that Hall has not been in that discussion. However, it’s apparent that the majority of NFL teams have Hall firmly on their board internally.

Hall told KSL Sports that he has spoken to the majority of teams and is clearly of interest to NFL decision-makers.

“So I’ve had Zoom calls and met with almost every team in the league,” Hall told KSL Sports. “And I’ve got some visits scheduled for next week to fly out to organizations and see them.

“So, really, it’s almost every team in the league who I’ve been able to interview with and meet.”

This news from Hall came after he met with the Indianapolis Colts, one of the teams largely understood to be in the quarterback discussion in the first round. Though not seen as a first-round pick for the Colts, Hall could very well be a later-round, potential starting quarterback option for a team like the Colts.

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Indianapolis has viewed Hall in the mold of Jalen Hurts, per PFN’s own Tony Pauline.

“In fact, Indianapolis has compared Hall to Jalen Hurts, the quarterback developed by new head coach Shane Steichen,” Pauline wrote last month.

After taking over for Zach Wilson in 2021, Hall led the Cougars with back-to-back 2,500-plus-yard campaigns, including his 3,171 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2022. Most notably, Hall threw only 11 career interceptions against 52 touchdowns, taking immaculate care of the football.

While some critics point to Hall’s age (he’s 25) as a detriment to his draft stock, Hall said he’ll be able to adapt quicker than most at the NFL level.

“Been in a lot of situations where I have to lead a team, a high school team or a college team, and every couple of years you develop and get used to a new setting,” Hall said at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. “The NFL will be a transition, but it’s something that I thrive on as a new challenge, bringing people together, that’s what football is, that’s what being a quarterback is about.”

Standing at 6’1″ and 205 pounds, Hall’s ability to create is mirrored in that of Bryce Young, largely seen as one of the two top quarterbacks in the draft. Hall also has an incredibly talented and live arm, stemming from his days as a baseball player, as he can throw equally well from any platform.

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His production and near-elite athleticism and attributes aside, another knock on Hall is the recent downturn in Wilson’s professional career. Yet, Hall said he learned from Wilson off the field more than he did on the field.

“Zach was always the most prepared guy,” Hall said specifically to PFN. “He cherished the film room — always had his iPad with him that had plays and videos on it ready to go. I was blown away from the couple years of being around him. It helped me and my love for the game and love for preparation.

“Zach’s COVID year that he broke out was because of that preparation.”

Now, after breaking out in his own right, Hall is ready to continue to stake a claim for BYU to be QBU.

And if every team that’s called is right, he’ll certainly be a highly sought-after commodity during draft night later this month.

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