Mobile Wrap-Up: WR D.J. Hall

The Chicago Bears showed interest in a lot of players during preparations for this past Saturday's Senior Bowl, and Alabama wide receiver D.J. Hall was one of them. Scout.com draft expert Chris Steuber drops by Bear Report and gives a quick scouting report on Hall.

WR D.J. Hall (6-2, 198) – Alabama

Strengths: He's a consistent pass-catcher who displays the ability to be a game-breaker. He has nice size and plays faster than his 40 time reveals. He's quick in and out of his routes and gets separation from defenders. He gets vertical quickly, tracks down deep balls and makes acrobatic receptions. He has good awareness and picks up yards after the catch.

Weaknesses: He allows the ball to get in on him and doesn't regularly catch the ball cleanly. He tends to lose focus on the easy balls. He has to run more precise routes and not allow the defender to get in front of him.

Steuber Says: Hall didn't particularly stand out in Mobile. He had his good moments, and he had his bad moments. He has nice size and good speed and displayed the ability to make plays, but he was outplayed by Cal's Lavelle Hawkins and Houston's Donnie Avery. After practice sessions, Hall was targeted by a few teams. The Bears showed interest one evening at the players' hotel. The interview was a basic background check and just getting to know him in a general manner. Is it possible that Chicago entertains the idea of taking Hall in the third round?"

JC's Take: The Midway Monsters have to get much better at the wide receiver position before next season, but just how they go about doing that will depend greatly on what happens to Bernard Berrian in free agency.

Berrian is looking for big-time money on the open market, although there isn't a player personnel department in the league who believes he's a true No. 1 receiver. That being said, the Bears would be severely hamstrung offensively if he left because he's the best they have, so placing the franchise tag on him for about $8 million – much more money that he's worth, but desperate times call for desperate measures – is still an option. Muhsin Muhammad is well past his prime, Mark Bradley has tons of talent yet doesn't know what to do with it, and corner-turned-wideout Devin Hester is better suited to be a complementary weapon than a primary target.

Hall made a lot of big plays for the Crimson Tide and put up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in `06 and `07, but GM Jerry Angelo would be wise to take a higher-rated prospect earlier in the draft and then think about grabbing Hall later.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.


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