Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2022 NFL Draft Pick Reactions: Logan Hall

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2022 NFL Draft Pick Reactions: Logan Hall

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2022 NFL Draft Pick Reactions: Logan Hall

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I am starting a new weekly series where I break down all of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2022 NFL Draft picks, and this week I am starting with a bang. I am not the biggest fan of this pick, but hopefully, Logan Hall can prove me wrong.

Hall is a University of Houston alumni and was a two-year starter for the team. Hall finished his final season for Houston with 47 total tackles and six sacks. He was also selected for the First Team All-ACC his senior year.

Hall’s NFL Combine performance was where my doubts started. Comparing Hall to his peers in every measure that he participated in. Hall, among defensive ends and edge rushers that participated in the combine, finished bottom three in the 40-yard dash, bottom four in the vertical jump, last in the three-cone drill, and bottom three in the 20-yard shuttle. The NFL Combine does not define a player, but Hall being consistently in the bottom four of every event is enough evidence to be concerned.

Hall played in a 3-4 defensive front at Houston where he primarily played defensive tackle. On the Buccaneers, Hall would most likely start as a rotation player on the end of the line. Hall being converted to a defensive tackle shows when looking at his build. Hall is 6’6 and 283 lbs which is too long and too light in my opinion for an interior player in the NFL. His height leaves a lot of room for shorter and heavier offensive guards to be able to get lower and have better leverage on him.

If Hall’s main position on the Buccaneers were to be a defensive end there is a little room for concern. Hall was recruited to play defensive end for Houston in 2018, but it took Hall two years and a conversion to defensive tackle for him to make Houston’s starting lineup. This positional change is mainly attributed to Hall’s lack of bend and quickness from rushing from the outside.

Hall is a fantastic bull rusher and has good swim moves, but is too dependent on his first move working and lacks counter moves. Hall may win at the line of scrimmage, but if he doesn’t he is most likely a non-factor the rest of the play. Hall needs to develop his skill-set to be a great NFL player and to be a starter on the Buccaneers.

It will take time to find where Hall lines up best whether that is on the interior or as a true defensive end. The uncertainty of fit alongside his rather raw skill set makes him a project player with high upside. Hall will not be a day one starter for the Buccaneers which is why I am not a fan of this pick.

Project players have upside, but need time for them to find their place before they start to produce. The Buccaneers should have been looking for a player that would be a day one starter to make the most of the roster while Tom Brady is still playing. Picking a rotational player isn’t the aggressive move that I think Tampa Bay should’ve taken as it’s likely their last year as a contender before Brady’s departure.

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