Jeremiah Hall, Oklahoma TE | NFL Draft Scouting Report

Oklahoma's Jeremiah Hall blurs the lines between tight end and fullback, with a scouting report that offers intrigue in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Jeremiah Hall is a unique prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft. A former high school tight end, he’s seen time at almost every conceivable offensive alignment during his time at Oklahoma. While he won’t be the Sooners’ most high-profile prospect in the upcoming annual selection event, Hall has a scouting report that should ensure he has a role to play in the NFL.

Jeremiah Hall NFL Draft Profile

  • Position: Tight End/Fullback
  • School: Oklahoma
  • Current Year: Redshirt Senior
  • Height: 6’1 1/8″
  • Weight: 241 pounds
  • Wingspan: 76″
  • Arms: 31 7/8″
  • Hands: 10 1/2″

Jeremiah Hall Scouting Report

There are unnecessarily negative connotations around the phrase “positionless player.” Even during high school recruiting, the “athlete” moniker has an impact on a player’s process versus being simply given a positional designation. It seems bizarre given the value placed on positional versatility by the NFL and during the draft process.

This might seem like an unnecessary preamble, but it’s important to understand this as we delve into Hall’s scouting report. The Oklahoma TE really blurs the lines between standard positional alignment. He’s not a tight end in the mold of Rob Gronkowski, for example. Neither is he a Kyle Juszczyk-esque fullback. Think of Green Bay Packers H-back, Josiah Deguara, for a recent draft comparison.

Hall has aligned in just about every position in the Oklahoma offense you can imagine. He’s taken snaps as a pure receiver in the slot. He’s been used inline as a tight end. Hall has also lined up in the backfield, in addition to a typical fullback alignment. He’s the epitome of versatility, and as his scouting report shows, there’s good reason he’s been able to do this.

As a receiver, Hall demonstrates comfort in catching the ball at all three levels of the field. Particularly impressive is his ability to securely catch the ball in traffic over the middle of the field. While he won’t ever be considered an elite athlete, Hall shows some change-of-direction ability to help create separation. Furthermore, he’s been able to demonstrate contact balance to add a small amount of after-the-catch value.

A comfortable pass catcher and a willing blocker

Hall also showcases some athletic ability as a fullback. With just 13 career carries, this is more apparent as a lead blocker for Oklahoma’s RB room. He can pull across the formation with decent speed and initiate contact to help carve open rushing lanes.

Here, he displays one of the strengths of his game. Hall is an extremely willing blocker, particularly in the run game. His football intelligence gives him an understanding of angles, and he routinely puts himself in position to wall off defensive players and allow his running back a free passage into the open field.

While he isn’t the strongest player, Hall isn’t often put on his back in pass protection either. He works well with his offensive tackle to provide additional protection for the quarterback.

In summation, Hall is a well-rounded H-back who offers both pass-catching and run-blocking ability to the NFL level. While he won’t be a statistical standout, Hall can contribute as a receiver mainly by leaking out from the formation in primarily play-action offenses. The expectation is that Hall will be a late-Day 3 option in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Areas for improvement

While there are plenty of alluring versatility aspects to Hall’s scouting report, positional value will inhibit any serious ascension up NFL Draft boards. Furthermore, there are some athletic limitations that enforce a ceiling on his NFL projection.

Primarily, the athletic limitations relate to a lack of an elite profile. Hall doesn’t have significant top-end speed, limiting his ability to be a deep threat at the next level. Furthermore, while he has some change-of-direction ability, Hall isn’t sudden or twitchy in his movements, reducing his ability to make a man miss with the ball in his hands.

This lack of suddenness is apparent in his limited route-running exposure. Hall tends to round off his route, particularly apparent during film study when tasked without routes. The Oklahoma tight end wasn’t tasked with running a lot of different routes during his time in Norman, making him something of an unknown commodity as a route runner.

As mentioned above, Hall is an extremely willing blocker with some technical ability in this regard. However, he doesn’t routinely demonstrate strength to manipulate his opponent, rather relying on his intelligence to secure correct angles and his competitive toughness. Moreover, he doesn’t possess the length to consistently hold up in pass protection at the NFL level.

Hall’s Player Profile

It’s hardly surprising that Hall has been such a versatile weapon for Oklahoma at the college level. During his high school career for Zebulon B. Vance, the Charlotte native aligned at running back, fullback, tight end, and saw snaps as a pass catcher out of the slot.

Subsequently, he was able to impact the game in multiple ways. As a junior, he caught 38 passes for 650 yards with 6 scores. Additionally, he rushed for 5 touchdowns and 280 yards. His all-purpose antics helped him achieve national attention, with 16 offers for the three-star tight end who was a top-25 player in North Carolina.

One program held his attention more than most. In June 2016, Hall committed to Oklahoma just days after announcing the Sooners as the top team on his list. On arrival in Norman in 2017, he would describe to Yahoo Sports how “I’m still in awe that I’m going to live a dream that I’ve grown up watching people like Dede Westbrook and Baker Mayfield make these amazing plays.”

Before he could live that dream, he had one more season of high school football to play. During his senior season, Hall tallied over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 22 total touchdowns as Vance came up one game short of a state title tilt. It was personally successful for the future Oklahoma TE, earning first-team All-State honors from the Associated Press.

Hall’s career at Oklahoma

Although described as the answer to Oklahoma’s H-back problem during his recruitment, Hall would have to wait to make an impact for the program. He redshirted in 2017, and although he made 14 appearances with one start in 2018, his production was minimal. Making his first career catch against Kansas State, he tallied 36 receiving yards, with his 21 total rushing yards coming on 4 carries against Kansas.

A testament to his off-field honors, Hall earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in his redshirt-freshman season. The Oklahoma tight end would earn the accolade in all four of his playing seasons with the Sooners. It was hardly surprising for a player who earned a 4.8 GPA and graduated early from high school.

As a redshirt sophomore in 2019, Hall began to see a steady ascension of his statistical output. Making 11 starts, he tallied 169 yards and 3 touchdowns from 16 receptions. He snagged his first career touchdown in the season opener against Houston and added further scores against West Virginia and South Dakota. Hall’s performances saw him add second-team All-Big 12 honors to his academic excellence.

Despite the disruption of the 2020 season, nothing could halt Hall’s ascension as a key part of the Oklahoma offense. He logged multiple catches in six games, including a then-career-high 5 receptions for 37 yards and 2 touchdowns against a strong Iowa State team. The touchdowns contributed to a second-best team total of 5 scores, with 18 catches for 218 yards representing a career-high.

Hall’s NFL Draft ascension

Although he could have declared for the NFL Draft last year, Hall opted to return to the Sooners for his redshirt-senior campaign. The ascension continued, with a career-high 334 yards from 32 receptions. Although he only had three starts, Hall caught multiple catches in 10 games.

Adding another 4 receiving touchdowns, Hall also registered his first rushing touchdown. Standout performances included a career-high single game of 76 yards in the Sooners’ rivalry game with Oklahoma State. He also added 69 yards in a wild Red River Rivalry win over Texas. As a result of his performances, Hall earned first-team All-Big 12 honors for the second successive season.

He also earned an invite to the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl, with his acceptance signaling the end of his Oklahoma career. Hall impressed in Mobile, with Pro Football Network’s team on the ground noting that “Hall looked good during 1-on-1 pass-protection reps, and he brought some pop as a lead blocker during team drills.”

As something of a hybrid between tight end and fullback, Hall won’t command significant 2022 NFL Draft capital. However, he can absolutely add something to the NFL as both a pass catcher and blocker, making him a versatile prospect who should find himself on an NFL roster following the conclusion of the annual selection event.

Tony Pauline’s scouting report for Jeremiah Hall

Positives: Hard-charging lead blocker who presents himself as a legitimate offensive threat. Bends his knees and accelerates into blocks. Squares into defenders and takes them from the action. Blocks with leverage, always looks for someone to hit, and gives effort. Outstanding pass catcher who quickly gets into routes, adjusts to the pass, and looks passes into his hands. Possesses strong hands and plucks the ball from the air.

Negatives: Slow and plays to one speed. Carried the ball just 13 times during his Oklahoma career.

Analysis: Hall is a nice-sized fullback who does an outstanding job as a blocker and catches the ball well. He’s a West Coast fullback who will be an asset on all three downs in the NFL.

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