Jaren Hall Scouting Report: 2023's QB Riser?

Jaren Hall Scouting Report: 2023's QB Riser?

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Jaren Hall Scouting Report: 2023's QB Riser?

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Jaren Hall has had a rocky road to the starting quarterback job at Brigham Young University. But once he grabbed the reigns, he never looked back and put college defenses on notice. But can he make a strong impression on NFL teams? That’s the true question at hand. 

Rocky start to a career

After redshirting during his first year on campus, Hall played in seven games during his redshirt freshman season, completing 31 passes for 460 yards and one touchdown. Unfortunately, Hall suffered a hip injury at the end of the season and was forced to use a medical redshirt in 2020. 

Finally healthy, Hall earned the starting spot heading into 2021 and hit the ground running. In his first three starts, Hall completed 60% of his passes for 561 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions, leading BYU to a 3-0 start. Most impressive, however, is the fact that he performed this well with three broken ribs and a separate chest injury. 

He missed three games total in 2021, but still completed 63.9% of his passes, racking up 2,583 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He also added 307 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. 

 

Scouting Report 

The first thing that pops off the tape when studying Hall’s game is his off-script ability. Hall has an innate ability to make defenders miss in the pocket, scramble to an opening, and let one rip down the field. Hall’s background in baseball helped him develop fast hips and lower body mechanics that help make accurate throws while on the run. 

Secondly, Hall’s arm strength is on par with the top quarterbacks heading into the 2023 draft class: Stroud, Levis, etc. Hall is able to sit in the pocket and make tight window throws, or he can scramble out of the pocket and rip an off-platform throw to an opposite sideline. He can make any throw that is asked of him and that will help his NFL resume heading into the 2023 draft. 

While he always looks to throw, Hall’s ability to tuck and run is incredibly fun to watch. BYU utilized RPO’s and options to maximize his mobility. As a quarterback, Hall’s vision is impressive and he is slippery while on the move. He can always find a lane to gain the extra yard when necessary. While Hall isn’t as fast as Kyler Murray, their running style and elusiveness are very similar. 

While he has many pros to his game, there are cons that Hall must improve on in 2022. The most significant improvement he needs to make is to play an entire season of football. They say the best ability is availability, and the NFL certainly shares that sentiment. Missing an entire season of football and then missing three games, including the team’s bowl game, will surely put a sour taste in NFL team’s mouths. 

Next, Hall had far too many deep throws miss the mark. Whether they were completely overthrown or underthrown into a contested catch situation, Hall missed several opportunities to add to his touchdown tally. Fine tuning his mechanics and improving his accuracy down the field is a must if Hall wants to hear his name called early in the draft.

Hall will be a 25-year-old rookie, three to four years older than most high-end quarterback prospects. If he wants a team to take a chance on him, Hall needs to improve on everything noted above, while also dominating a lower level of competition. He needs to be a mostly finished product heading into the NFL Draft. 

 

NFL Draft Outlook

Jaren Hall may not be there today, but he has a significant chance to hear his name called in the first-round come next April if things go to plan this season. Hall’s arm talent, mobility, and decision making could thrive in most NFL offenses. He has all the makings of a franchise-quarterback, so long as his health stays in check, and would be an offensive coordinator’s dream to develop an offense around. 

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