Draft Day Target: CB DeAngelo Hall

While many are predicting the Cowboys to take a running back with the 22nd overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, it's important to remember that Bill Parcells will take the "best player available." Rest assured, if CB DeAngelo Hall is still on the board, he may be too good to pass up.

CB DeAngelo Hall
5-10.5, 195, 4.35
Virginia Tech University
Projected Draft Position: Mid-First Round

The Dallas Cowboys have acquired some serious help in the secondary in each of the last two years when drafted Oklahoma S Roy Williams and Kansas State CB Terence Newman.

Why would they do it again?

Simple, because the need still exists for the services of one more lockdown cornerback in the Cowboys secondary. Certainly, Mario Edwards has proven to be solid contributor, but he still is very inconsistent in his ability to protect against the big play.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys need one more corner with blazing speed, good size, and the ability to match up with some of the more explosive receivers now in the NFC East.

This year, there are several candidates that will be available when the Cowboys go on the clock with the 22nd overall pick.

One of the more well-known cornerback prospects, is Virginia Tech's DeAngelo Hall.

"Hall is an explosive athlete with game breaking speed and has the ability to become an impact player on defense or special teams," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline.

Pictured above is (#4) Virginia Tech CB DeAngelo Hall, who obviously has no problem getting off the ground.
Hall was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award last season, recording 44 solo stops and 23 assists to go along with 5 passes broken up and 1 INT.

He also played some on offense during his senior season, bringing in 7 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

While his stats may not be mind-boggling, several of forty times certainly have been. Hall set a Virginia Tech record with a 4.15 clocking in the forty during spring practice in 2003.

"He also displays a great break on the pass and has great closing and recovery speed," adds Pauline. "He loses nothing transitioning off the line and stays step-for-step with opponents anywhere on the field and gives good effort in run support."

As of now, most experts have Hall being drafted somewhere in the middle-to-late stages of the first round.

For the Cowboys, the addition of a player like Hall would give Bill Parcells and company one of the most athletic defensive backfields in the league for many years to come.

He would also provide be another player that could be utilized as a return man on kickoffs and punts.

The only question that remains, is will he still be available by the time the Cowboys make their first pick in 2004 NFL Draft?

If he is, he may be too good to pass up.

Editor's Note
Also keep in mind that Hall was one of the players that the Cowboys met with at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month. He also met with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Washington.

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