#44, Devon Hall, S (6026, 212, 4.43-4.58) Utah State
Notes: Born 9/8/87, in Los Angeles, Calif. Son of Alecia Benson and Cary Hall. Was a four-year letterman, team MVP and first-team all-league as a quarterback as a senior at Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif. Also played wide receiver, outside linebacker and safety.
College: Began his college career as a linebacker, started six games, including the first two and last four games of the season in 2005; finished with 44 tackles, one sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. Started 10 of 11 games in 2006; finished third on the team with 68 tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, recovered 3 fumbles (returning one 64 yards for a touchdown vs. Boise State), one interception and 3 pass breakups. Started 9 of 11 games in 2007; posted 69 tackles, 3 TFL and a 38-yard INT returned for a TD. Was slowed by shoulder problems at times. Moved from linebacker to safety as a senior in 2008; recorded 72 tackles, 2 TFL, one sack, one interception and 7 PBU. Hall was chosen to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Ended his career with 128 career tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 INT, 13 pass PBU and 4 fumble recoveries as he started 28 of 45 games. Major was exercise science.
Predraft: Worked out in front of scouts from 20-plus teams at Utah State’s Pro Day; ran times of 4.53 and 4.48 in the 40 (indoors on Astro Turf) with an impressive 39-inch vertical and a 10’2” broad jump, 1.57 10-yard dash, 2.59 20-yard dash, 4.21 short shuttle, 11.51 long shuttle, 6.95 three-cone drill and put up 26 reps on the bench press. His arms measured 32 ½-inches and his hands 9 ½-inches.
Pro: Signed by Vikings as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft. Was also pursued by the Chiefs.
Positives: Good athlete. Nice height, long frame, good upper-body strength (26 reps at 225) and very good straight-line speed and range. Strong in-the-box-type safety who is strong on run support. Willing hitter and reliable tackler. Could conceivably add more bulk and move to linebacker, especially in the team’s Cover-2 scheme.
Negatives: Struggles in man-to-man coverage and gets caught out of position with misdirection and play-fakes at times. Somewhat raw and undeveloped in his technique and skills.
Summary: Could be a sleeper among this year’s rookie free agent class. Has a unique blend of size, speed and strength and could blossom as a role player on defense with perhaps a year of development on the team’s practice squad. If he can make a name for himself on special teams, Hall could be a real pleasant surprise.
What they said:
“I just feel really blessed and really thankful. I just can’t wait to get out there and just try to compete and play with those guys, with professionals on that level and really play like that.” –Hall, upon signing as an undrafted free agent with the Vikings
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